Lebanese lawyer Tareq Shandab speaks during an interview with The Daily Star. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The roots of last week's debacle in Arsal, following the fall of Yabroud, were sown about a year before, said Tareq Shandab, a lawyer notorious for defending high-profile terrorism suspects.Hezbollah's decisions to go to war gave Al-Qaeda-linked groups a rationale to strike Lebanon, and Shandab has felt the repercussions directly with the suspects he's unenviably agreed to defend – namely, Naim Abbas, Omar al-Atrash and Joumana Hmeid, all of whom were charged with having links to terrorist groups, including the Abdullah Azzam Brigades. However, his work as an attorney is inhibited by the strict and "biased" approach of the military tribunal, he said. Challenges of working with the Army in particular relate to the strict and at times secretive procedures of the military court.Abbas had confessed to preparing a car bomb to be set off at a later date, according to the Army.If national security cases were tried under the authority of a civil judiciary, the distrust held by these key communities would diminish, Shandab said. While he said he was not permitted to divulge the details of his cases prior to trial, he said there were many ambiguities surrounding Abbas' case that would be brought to relief once it stood trial in a month's time.
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