Lebanese actor Ziad Itani. Photos by Mahmoud Kheir
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Suzan Hajj Hobeiche, was taken in for questioning on suspicion of hatching a plan to frame Itani.There have been allegations that Hariri and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk have tried to use Itani's case for electoral purposes, as the ISF's Information Branch is seen as being close to Hariri's Future Movement.A judicial source told The Daily Star that after Military Prosecutor Peter Germanos concluded his investigations and charged Itani with collaborating with Israel, the case was then referred to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida.During Abu Ghaida's investigations, the judge said he saw some ambiguities in Itani's confessions and the evidence.The judicial source said that Hobeiche believed Itani had played a part in her dismissal.The Information Branch will conclude its investigation and refer the case to Abu Ghaida. The judicial source said that if the investigations show Itani is innocent, Abu Ghaida is expected to release him and continue investigations into both Hobeiche and Elie G.
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