BEIRUT: A Lebanese military judge heard the testimony of former General Security chief Jamil Sayyed Tuesday as part of the investigation of a former minister charged with plotting terror attacks last month.
Sayyed testified regarding the extent of his knowledge, if any, of the transportation of explosives into Lebanon by former Minister Michel Samaha last month.
Judicial sources said the hearing session, which lasted from 1:20 p.m till 2:35 p.m., took place at Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda’s office in Beirut.
"Maj. Gen. Sayyed gave his testimony as a witness in the case," his lawyer Sakhr al-Hashem told reporters outside the Beirut Military Tribunal.
"There is no decision to arrest him."
The sources said Sayyed also gave testimony regarding recordings found in Samaha's car in which the former security general is quoted as saying that Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt "should be ... killed."
Following the session, Sayyed spoke to reporters.
"On that day, I was in Damascus with former minister Michel Samaha to offer condolences for events that took place there and as a witness on that day, I informed the judiciary of the details," Sayyed said.
"I cannot confirm whether minister Samaha used me as a cover or involved me [in the court proceedings against him] but his personality gives the impression that he is peaceable and would not do such things."
Sayyed was summoned as a witness following evidence that he accompanied Samaha when the former two-time Information Minister and ex-MP transported explosives from Syria to Lebanon.
Sayyed has strongly condemned Samaha’s detention and was among the very first officials to arrive at Samaha’s residence in Beirut upon news of his arrest on Aug. 10.
He has since unleashed blistering attacks against Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi and ISF Information Branch head Brig. Gen. Wissam Hasan.
Rifi and Hasan have been praised for playing a leading role in uncovering the bomb and assassination plot.
A recently retrieved audio device from Samaha’s car recorded Sayyed as saying Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt “should be the first one to be killed.”
Samaha’s questioning was originally scheduled for last week but had been postponed till Tuesday following the emergence of the recordings, which Abu Ghayda needed time to examine.
Samaha, who is close to Syrian President Bashar Assad, was charged in August with plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in Lebanon as well as assassinations of religious and political figures. He was also accused of transporting explosives into the country from Syria.
In his confession to the ISF Information Branch shortly after his arrest on Aug. 10, Samaha was recorded as saying Assad wanted bomb attacks in Lebanon.