BEIRUT: Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda set Feb. 4 as the questioning date for Syrian official Ali Mamlouk for his alleged role in a plot to carry out terrorist attacks in Lebanon, judicial sources said Monday.
The sources told The Daily Star that a notice with Abu Ghayda’s decision was posted at the entrance to Beirut’s military court after the judge considered Mamlouk’s place of residence as “unknown.”
They said Abu Ghayda also set Jan. 28 as a hearing date for police informer Milad Kfouri.
Kfouri will serve as a witness in the terror case allegedly spearheaded by former Information Minister Michel Samaha, the sources added.
Kfouri, who is reportedly out of the country for security reasons, coordinated with the Internal Security Forces Information Branch to secretly record Samaha’s statements about terror plots he was hatching to carry out in north Lebanon.
Samaha, who is close to the Syrian government, has been charged with plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in the country, as well as assassinate religious and political figures.
Similar charges were handed down to Mamlouk, head of Syria’s Intelligence.
Samaha was also charged with transporting explosives from Syria into Lebanon.