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Lebanon court postpones Samaha trial to Dec. 5

File - Lebanese former information minister Michel Samaha attending the opening of the Syrian-Lebanese Relations Conference, with the participation of 150 prominent intellectuals and researchers from both countries, in Damascus, April 14, 2009.(AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Military court Friday postponed the trial of pro-Syrian regime, former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha on terrorism charges until Dec. 5.

At the end of the trial session where another suspect, Syrian Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk, failed to appear before the judge, the court adjourned the trial till later this year.

Samaha, who is close to Syria's President Bashar Assad, was then allowed a 45-minute visit from his wife and three daughters.

A letter sent via Liban Post justifying Mamlouk’s nonappearance before the military tribunal was read out in court, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

The memo said that due to the unrest in Syria Mamlouk had never received the court summons.

The court then sent another memo via Liban Post to Syria and said the summons should reach Mamlouk in light of the improved security situation in the country.

Samaha, Mamlouk and his Syrian assistant, known only as Col. Adnan, have been charged with plotting terrorist attacks against Lebanese clergymen, politicians, lawmakers and citizens.

Most of the evidence against Samaha was brought to police by an informant, Milad Kfoury, who had played the role of a double agent before the former minister’s arrest in August 2012.

 

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