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 a party fighter.
In the indictment, Military Investigative Judge Imad al-Zein accused Lebanese and Syrian nationals of 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.
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.
Syrian rebels have said they would target Hezbollah sites in Lebanon in retaliation for the party’s fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 09, 2014, on page 3.