BEIRUT: Military Judge Fadi Sawwan issued Wednesday arrest warrants for two Lebanese suspects over the Feb. 1 incident in the town of Arsal, east Lebanon, that led to the death of two soldiers.
According to judicial sources, Sawwan issued the warrants after interrogating the two suspects – Mustafa Ali al-Hujairi and Hasan Mohammad al-Hujairi.
The sources said the two were not related to the head of Arsal Municipality, Mayor Ali al-Hujairi.
They said Sawwan would examine the case to determine what actions to take regarding the remaining 32 suspects, who are still at large.
Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged Monday 34 people over the Arsal incident which led to the death of Capt. Pierre Bashalani, 31, and Sgt. Ibrahim Zahraman, 32.
He also requested to summon the town’s mayor as a witness in the case.
The men are charged with the killing of the Army soldiers, burning and disabling military vehicles, as well as damaging both public and private property, according to judicial sources.
The military said at the time that the two soldiers were killed in an ambush by gunmen on the outskirts of Arsal when an Army unit was in pursuit of a wanted Lebanese man – Khaled Hmayyed – who was killed in the incident.
Meanwhile, President Michel Sleiman said during a Cabinet meeting that security measures are still in place to arrest the perpetrators of the deadly attack.
“The Arsal incident is being dealt with by the Army and measures are ongoing to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” Sleiman told ministers at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting
“Things won’t be fixed until they have been arrested,” he stressed.