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Judge charges 28 with ISIS affiliation, terrorism

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr attends a ceremony in Roumieh, Monday, June 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Monday charged 28 people with belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and planning terrorist operations in Lebanon.

The 28 suspects, seven of whom were arrested in security raids on hotels in Beirut, were charged with “affiliation to ISIS in order to perform terrorist operations using suicide vests, rigged cars, as well as the purchase of weapons and explosives to train suicide bombers in Lebanon.”

The planned suicide bombings were meant to target residential neighborhoods in Beirut, the National News Agency reported.

Saqr referred the case to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghida, with the suspects expected to be given the death penalty if convicted.

 

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