File - Picture shows former Information Minister Michel Samaha, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr filed an appeal Monday against what was viewed as a lenient jail sentence handed down to former Minister Michel Samaha last week, demanding a tougher penalty, judicial sources told The Daily Star.Saqr and Assistant Prosecutor Judge Hani Hajjar urged the Court of Cassation to nullify the sentence and retry Samaha on all charges brought against him in the initial indictment which demanded the death penalty.If it accepts the appeal, then the court must retry Samaha and should issue a new verdict within two months of approving the challenge to the original sentence.If the appeal is rejected, then Samaha will serve out his four-and-a-half-year-sentence.
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