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Arrest warrant issued for Saudi terror suspect

Lebanese soldiers stand guard in front of the military court in Beirut, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: A military investigative judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday against a Saudi suspect on charges of belonging to a terrorist group and entering Lebanon with the aim of carrying out terrorist activities.

Judge Najat Abu Chakra issued the warrant after interrogating Fahed al-Qarni in the case brought against him by the military prosecution, judicial sources told the Daily Star .

Qarni, who was rounded up by military intelligence in a security clampdown in Beirut’s neighborhood of Al-Tariq al-Jadideh three weeks ago, denied the charges brought against him.

The sources said, “the detainee denied during interrogation that he belonged to an armed group, claiming that he had crossed from Lebanon to Syria only once, with the aim of providing humanitarian assistance to displaced Syrians in the region of Tal Kalakh.”

Qarni said he was stuck in Syria for a year before he was able to escape and return to Lebanon.

The suspect was interrogated in the presence of defense lawyer Tarek Chandab, the sources said.

 

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