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Samaha trial in terror plot kicks off Thursday

BEIRUT: The first public trial of former Minister Michel Samaha and two Syrian army generals, accused last year of plotting terrorist attacks in Lebanon, kicks off Thursday.

A judicial source told The Daily Star the trial, to be presided over by Military Judge Brig. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim, is scheduled to begin at the military court in Beirut at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The source said members of the public, including news reporters, will be able to record the proceeding of Samaha, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Samaha was arrested in Aug. 2012 on suspicion of involvement in a terror plot.

In March, the Court of Cassation approved an indictment which calls for the death penalty against Samaha as well as the head of the Syrian National Security Bureau Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk and his aide, identified as Col. Adnan.

Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda issued the indictment in February requesting the death penalty for Samaha and the two Syrian army generals.

The indictment charged the men with plotting to assassinate political and religious figures in north Lebanon.

The judicial source said Maj. Gen. Mamlouk and Col. Adnan will be tried in absentia.





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