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Judge interrogates would-be suicide bomber

General Security personnel on high alert outside the Duroy Hotel where the explosion happened on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda Tuesday interrogated the Saudi would-be suicide bomber and issued an arrest warrant against him, on charges of belonging to a terrorist group and planning attacks in Lebanon.

General Security personnel transported Ali al-Thweni from the detention center in Mathaf to Abu Ghayda's office amid tight security measures because the man is considered to be "the most dangerous member of the terror cell,” a judicial source said.

Al-Thweni was charged a day earlier with belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, possession of explosives -- explosive-laden vehicles and an explosive belt -- and recruiting suicide bombers for attacks in residential areas in Lebanon.

Charges were also issued against 27 others including a French citizen originally from the Comoros Islands, who was arrested in a raid by security forces at the Napoleon Hotel in Hamra.

The Saudi citizen was arrested last month after his partner blew himself up at the Duroy Hotel in Beirut to evade arrest during a General Security raid.

He was apprehended 24 hours before the two carried out a planned suicide attack against a popular restaurant in Beirut's southern suburbs.





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