Flanked by her daughter Yasmine and Press Federation head Aouni al-Kaaki, Mona Abou Hamze speaks during a press conference at the press syndicate in Beirut, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Once a close aide to Jumblatt, Abu Hamzeh managed the Druze leader's real estate ventures and private property for more than two decades.Last November, Abu Hamzeh was sentenced to two years in jail and ordered to pay $3.45 million in the lawsuit filed by the Safa Football team. Abu Hamzeh was sentenced to two years in prison for crimes related to the suit, the statement said. A second lawsuit was filed by Jumblatt for breach of trust and embezzlement; Abu Hamzeh has also been indicted for crimes based on this suit. The statement added that a third lawsuit was filed by Jumblatt against Abu Hamzeh and businessman Hussein Bdeir for selling him a piece of land which did not exist. This lawsuit was dropped after Jumblatt was recompensed. The statement said that the general prosecutor and investigative judge had issued corresponding arrest warrants against Abu Hamzeh in this case, as well as for crimes he committed while managing another of Jumblatt's companies, detailed in a fifth lawsuit.
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