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Judge requests death penalty for 14 in Hezbollah attack

Lebanese Army soldiers secure the site of a roadside bomb attack on a highway linking the town of Majdal Anjar to the Masnaa border crossing near the Lebanese-Syrian border. The Daily Star/Stringer

BEIRUT: A Lebanese judge requested the death penalty Wednesday for 14 suspects accused of terrorist attacks including last year’s ambush of a Hezbollah convoy that killed one of the party’s fighters.

In the indictment, Military Investigative Judge Imad al-Zein requested the sentence to men of Lebanese and Syrian nationalities for planting bombs along the Masnaa highway linking Lebanon to Syria with the aim of targeting passing vehicles and security forces.

Seven of the suspects are in custody while the judge issued arrest warrants for seven others who remain at large.

Among the suspects who were also accused of forming an armed gang are reportedly members of the Free Syrian Army.

In July of last year, a member of Hezbollah was killed and three others were wounded in an ambush on the highway linking the Bekaa Valley to Syria.

The Hezbollah members were on their way to Damascus when the explosion took place. They were also shot at.

Syrian rebels have said they would target Hezbollah sites in Lebanon in retaliation for the party’s intervention in their country supporting President Bashar Assad's forces.





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