BEIRUT: Military Investigative Judge Riyad Abu Ghayda Monday issued an arrest warrant in absentia for pro-Assad figure Ali Eid, head of the Arab Democratic Party, for failing to appear in court and aiding a terror suspect, a judicial source said.
Eid, an Alawite figure in the northern city of Tripoli, has failed on two occasions to show up for questioning by the military tribunal.
Ghayda’s arrest warrant against Eid was over his alleged involvement in helping a suspect in last year’s bombings in Tripoli flee into Syria, the source added.
Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr late last year charged Eid as well as ADP member Ahmad Mohammad Ali with “hiding” a wanted suspect in the Aug. 23 car bombings in Tripoli and smuggling him to Syria.
Rifaat Eid, Ali’s son and the Arab Democratic Party politburo chief, told The Daily Star Monday that the party would respond to the arrest warrant through the judiciary:
“Of course we object to the warrant, but since there is no direct accusation that Ali Eid was involved in the two explosions, we have 200 evidences to prove that the accusation [that Eid] assisted Ahmad Merhi to flee to Syria is untrue and we are ready to present them to the relevant judicial authorities.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 25, 2014, on page 4.