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Judge wraps up second case against Daftardar

An armed man is seen at the site of the explosion in Haret Hreik, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Military Investigative Judge Imad Zein Thursday wrapped up the probe into a second terror case against leading Abdullah Azzam Brigades agent Jamal Daftardar.

Zein referred the case to Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr to make a recommendation before an indictment is issued.

In this case, Daftardar, along with Palestinian detainee Bilal Kayed, had been accused of an attempt to assassinate Lt. Col. Khattar Nassereddine, the head of General Security in north Lebanon.

Kayed was arrested last April in a Lebanese Army raid on the northeastern border town of Arsal.

June 25, the Lebanese Army said it arrested five members of a terrorist cell that was planning to assassinate Nassereddine.

Security sources at the time said that the cell blamed Nassereddine for the arrests of “many young Muslims” in Tripoli.

Nassereddine was also behind the controversial, brief arrest of Islamist Shadi Mawlawi in 2012.

Daftardar, the man once thought to be the next leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, has already been charged in connection with the two car bombings in the Beirut suburb of Haret Hreik on Jan. 2 and Jan. 21.





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