File - Lebanon's Military Tribunal in Beirut is seen in this Thursday, June 20, 2013, photograph. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Future Movement stepped up its campaign against the Military Tribunal Friday, describing its verdict against former Minister Michel Samaha as a "joke" as the justice minister went as far as calling for the court's dissolution.Future Movement leader Saad Hariri criticized as too lenient the Military Tribunal's decision two days earlier to sentence Samaha to four-and-a-half years in prison for transporting explosives. The comments came after other Future Movement and March 14 officials denounced the Military Tribunal Wednesday and Thursday over the verdict that they saw as too relaxed.The tribunal Wednesday handed Samaha a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence for transporting explosives from Syria to Lebanon with the intent to assassinate political and religious figures. The Future bloc attacked the Military Tribunal over the "lenient" sentence, describing the verdict as a "joke," and saying the court has lost Lebanon's confidence.Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said he would submit a draft law to the Cabinet to dissolve the Military Tribunal after the controversial verdict handed down by the court in the Samaha case.Samaha has been in custody since August 2012 and is set for release in December.
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