Police storm the apartment building where former Information Minister Michel Samaha lives in Ashrafieh, Lebanon on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanese political figures expressed outrage for a second day Thursday at what they felt was a soft sentence handed down to former Information Minister Michel Samaha over transporting explosives, with MP Walid Jumblatt saying it "legalizes terrorism".The military court Wednesday sentenced Samaha, who was being tried on terror charges, to four-and-a-half judicial years in prison. Given that he had been in custody since 2012, the ex-minister will be set for release in December. Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea echoed Rifi's statement.Last month, Samaha confessed that he had transported explosives into Lebanon with the aim of targeting Lebanese politicians and religious figures, saying that he was lured to do so by a police intelligence agent named Milad Kfoury.Both Samaha and his defense team Wednesday presented the argument that Kfoury was as guilty as Samaha and should stand trial.
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