BEIRUT: The Military Court of Cassation Monday upheld an arrest warrant issued against Arab Democratic Party chief Ali Eid, in a move expected to pave the way for an indictment against the pro-Assad figure over his alleged role in last year’s deadly bombings in Tripoli.
Eid’s lawyer had called for the arrest warrant to be dropped and that all those detained over last year’s car bombings in Tripoli be released. The court turned down both requests.
On Feb. 25, Military Investigative Judge Riyad Abu Ghayda issued an arrest warrant in absentia for Eid, an Alawite figure in Tripoli, over his alleged involvement in aiding a suspect in the August bombings flee into Syria.
Eid has failed to show up for questioning by the military tribunal on two occasions.
Late last year, Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged Eid as well as ADP member Ahmad Mohammad Ali with “hiding” a wanted suspect in the Aug. 23 car bombings and smuggling him to Syria.
The Military Court of Cassation also upheld Abu Ghayda's decision to refer the case to the military prosecutor’s office.
Rifaat Eid, Ali’s son and ADP politburo chief, has denied allegations against his father.
Last week, Rifaat Eid denied rumors that the ADP official had fled his house, saying his father was leading a normal life and residing in the Akkar village of Hikr al-Dahery.
Ali Eid's alleged role in the deadly bombings caused uproar in the northern city, fueling tensions between Alawites and Sunnis in Tripoli who have engaged in over a dozen rounds of clashes over the crisis in Syria.