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Cassation Court endorses appeal to execute Samaha, Mamlouk

The Lebanese Criminal Court of Cassation presided over by Judge Walid al-Qadi on Thursday ratified the appeal of First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida to execute ex-minister Michel Samaha and Syrian security chief Ali Mamlouk. The two face charges of plotting to attack political and religious figures in Lebanon.

 

Samaha and Mamlouk were first accused in August of planning the attacks along with a Syrian army colonel identified only by his first name, Adnan.

 

Investigators have said that explosives were found in Samaha's car when he was arrested at his home on August 9. A former information minister, the Christian politician is known for having close ties to the Damascus regime.

 

An arrest warrant for Mamlouk was issued on February 4.

 

Samaha and Mamlouk were first accused in August of planning the attacks along with a Syrian army colonel identified only by his first name, Adnan.