BEIRUT: Head of the Arab Democratic Party Ali Eid failed Thursday for the second time to show up for questioning by the Military Tribunal, which is investigating whether he helped a Tripoli bombing suspect flee to Syria, judicial sources told The Daily Star.
Eid’s lawyer, Hiam Eid, attended the session and said her client failed to attend the session for medical reasons.
Hiam, who is also Eid’s sister, submitted a report that Eid was in poor health and thus could not show up to court.
Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda would now look into the medical excuse and decide over Eid’s questioning, the sources said.
Eid was ordered to appear in court over his alleged involvement in aiding Ahmad Merhi – a key suspect in the deadly Tripoli bombings – flee to Syria. The Aug. 23 twin car bombings outside two mosques in Tripoli killed at least 47 people and wounded hundreds more.
In November, Eid also failed to show up in court over the Tripoli bombings and his lawyer presented a request urging the court to revoke a search warrant against Eid issued by Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr.
The lawyer’s request was rejected later and the judge set Jan. 9 as the date for his questioning.
Eid, a political leader in the Alawite community and an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has earlier refused to appear before the court, saying that the accusations against him were fabricated by the Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch.
Hiam Eid has suggested earlier that her brother be interrogated at his house because he could not make it to court for health reasons.