Former Lebanese Cabinet minister Michel Samaha. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Military Court Wednesday sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha, who was being tried on terror charges, to four and a half years in prison a judicial source told The Daily Star.Rifi added he is considering referring Samaha's case to the Judicial Council.State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud also expressed his reservations over Wednesday's decision and called on Military prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr to challenge the verdict against Samaha, judicial sources said.The court Wednesday also heard the testimony of Samaha's driver and body guard, Fares Mubarak, who said that Kfouri, the ISF informant who revealed the plot to Lebanese authorities, would visit Samaha's residence on a weekly basis.Prosecutor Hani Hajjar dismissed Samaha's claims that he was a victim of an intelligence trap set up by Kfoury, saying that the ISF is an official security agency that does not manipulate or entrap people.Samaha's defense council, Sakhr Hashem, argued that the suspect did not have the criminal intent to carry out terrorist plots in Lebanon.He also claimed that Samaha was merely "a delivery boy" whose mission was to transport explosives from Mamlouk's office and handing them over to Kfoury.
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