Supporters carry signs outside the Military Tribunal in Beirut; one reads: “We are all Dr. Bassam al-Tarras.”
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Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged ex-Mufti Sheikh Bassam al-Tarras with knowingly communicating with two Daesh (ISIS) militants Tuesday.A judicial source told The Daily Star that Saqr charged Tarras with having contacts to two men affiliated with Daesh, Syrian nationals Mahmoud al-Rabih and Mohammad Qassem al-Ahmad, in the knowledge they had carried out "terrorist attacks" in Lebanon and abroad.While under investigation by Judge Hani al-Hajjar, an aide to the military prosecutor, Tarras Monday admitted to having ties to the group after a memory card was discovered containing encrypted conversations he'd had with members of the group. The source said Tarras could face up to 15 years of hard labor.
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