BEIRUT: Lebanon’s military investigative judge requested the death penalty for 23 suspects including two Abdullah Azzam Brigades members Monday.
Judge Fadi Sawwan recommended the sentence for Palestinian national Naim Abbas, Lebanese nationals Jamal Daftardar and Joumana Hmeid, and the Azzam Brigades’ religious guide Sirajeddine Zorayqat, who, along with 14 others named in the decision, is a fugitive.
The suspects are accused of belonging to an armed terrorist group with the aim of detonating explosive-rigged vehicles, as well as preparing explosive belts for suicide attacks in an attempt to kill civilians. The charges include forging documents and official ID cards.
A judicial source told The Daily Star that the group were accused of involvement in several attacks – the suicide bombing in Shoueifat, the discovery of an explosive-laden vehicle in Beirut’s Corniche al-Mazraa, firing rockets into Beirut’s southern suburbs and attempting to launch rockets into the same area from Aramoun.
The detainees confessed to being involved in the attacks, which primarily targeted the capital’s southern suburbs, in retaliation for Hezbollah fighting in Syria alongside the regime.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 15, 2014, on page 3.