Actor Ziad Itani gestures after his release in al-Tariq al-Jadideh, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A military investigative judge Tuesday released actor Ziad Itani from custody without bail and issued arrest warrants for Maj. Suzan Hajj Hobeiche and suspected hacker Elie Ghabash, who are accused of framing the actor as a spy for Israel. The stage is waiting for you," Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk tweeted after Itani's release.Following his meeting with Hariri, Itani went to Beirut's Al-Tariq al-Jadideh neighborhood where he grew up. Itani was arrested on Nov. 24 after State Security forces uncovered social media messages between the actor and a suspected Mossad agent.Machnouk paid a visit to Itani at the actor's parents' home in Al-Tariq al-Jadideh.A confrontation reportedly ensued between the two suspects, during which Hobeiche denied she had forced Ghabash to hack into Itani's online accounts and fabricate evidence.Judge Hani Helmi al-Hajjar filed the motion against Hobeiche and Ghabash on suspicion of fabricating evidence against Itani to frame him as a spy for Israel.
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