Death penalty sought for Samaha and 2 Syrian officials

samaha mamloukA Lebanese military court demanded on Wednesday the death penalty for former Information Minister Michel Samaha, a Syrian general and his aide who holds the rank of colonel over a terror plot to destabilize Lebanon.

Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida issued the indictment, which seeks the death penalty for Samaha, Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk, the head of the Syrian National Security Bureau, and his aide, Col. Adnan, whose family name remains unknown.

The indictment charges the three men of holding a meeting under Mamlouk at the National Security office in the Syrian capital Damascus and plotting to assassinate Lebanese figures who are opposed to the Syrian regime .

According to the indictment, the Syrian officers handed Samaha explosives. It also charged Samaha of transporting the bombs in his car from Syria to Lebanon.

The former minister was also charged with summoning Lebanese police informer Milad Kfouri, handing him the explosives and ordering him to blow up Iftar gatherings in Lebanon.

“It’s all right: kill them,” Samaha was quoted as telling the police informer when the latter informed him that religious figures would be attending the Iftar dinners, according to the indictment.

They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Abu Ghida also approved a request made last week by State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr to issue a search warrant to identify the Syrian colonel known only by his first name Adnan.

Saqr requested Tuesday that Samaha and Mamlouk be tried on counts of terrorism.

He also recommended that both suspects be indicted for preparing explosives, and transporting them from Syria to Lebanon to carry out attacks and assassination attempts to provoke sectarian strife at the behest of the Syrian regime.

On August 9, Lebanese security forces arrested former Lebanese minister Samaha, who has close ties with Syria’s regime.

According to Lebanese security sources, when asked why he would do such a thing, the former minister replied, “This is what Bashar wants.” In a possible reference to the embattled Syrian president Bashar al Assad.

Photo: Former Information Minister Michel Samaha ( R) and Syrian National Security Chief General Ali Mamlouk . Judge Riad Abu Ghida issued an arrest warrant in absentia on Monday against Mamlouk

  • 5thDrawer

    “It’s all right: kill them,”

    Simple enough to see the mind-set of all those indoctrinated the same way.

    • Patience2

      Maybe they didn’t realise they would be referring to THEMSELVES!

  • 5thDrawer

    “It’s all right: kill them,”

    Simple enough to see the mind-set of all those indoctrinated the same way.

    • Patience2

      Maybe they didn’t realise they would be referring to THEMSELVES!

  • guss043

    It is amazing to what level the morals of our politicians reached, considering how much us Lebanese brag about religion and And how much we hear about morality ,just last Saturday TV
    Al JAdid was showing a sheikh in Egypt calling for Jihad to stop valentine day
    and how much the sheikhs and priest demonize the civil marriage a sin and bla
    bla, in the mean time one of the lowest countries in church attendance Iceland
    and Finland have the lowest crime rate , doesn’t tell you that th middle east is full of Pharisees,
    that themselves “ they won’t enter heaven and they won’t let any go either “ (
    Chrsit Quotation), “or they look like beautiful white tombs white form the
    outside and full of worms inside “ applies both to all religion in the Middle
    east with no exception

  • Guss Gibs

    It is amazing to what level the morals of our politicians reached, considering how much us Lebanese brag about religion and And how much we hear about morality ,just last Saturday TV
    Al JAdid was showing a sheikh in Egypt calling for Jihad to stop valentine day
    and how much the sheikhs and priest demonize the civil marriage a sin and bla
    bla, in the mean time one of the lowest countries in church attendance Iceland
    and Finland have the lowest crime rate , doesn’t tell you that th middle east is full of Pharisees,
    that themselves “ they won’t enter heaven and they won’t let any go either “ (
    Chrsit Quotation), “or they look like beautiful white tombs white form the
    outside and full of worms inside “ applies both to all religion in the Middle
    east with no exception