Lebanon set to try Syrian militants on capital charges

Lebanese army soldiers sit on top of an armoured vehicle near the entrance leading to Arsal August 3, 2014. (Reuters)

Ten Syrian militants, including Imad Ahmad Jomaa, whose arrest sparked clashes in the Lebanese town of Arsal, are set for trial in Lebanon on capital charges, a judicial source said on Thursday.

Military prosecutor Sakr Sakr alleges that the 10, who are in custody, and another 33 still at large wanted to set up an Islamist emirate in regions of Lebanon.

He accuses them of “belonging to armed terror organizations, carrying out acts of terror and trying to take control of Lebanese regions to establish their emirate.”

They “killed or tried to kill soldiers and civilians and damaged military equipment as well as public and private property,” Sakr said.

He has sent the files to an investigating magistrate and believes they may face the death penalty.

The other nine militants in custody were arrested during the fighting that broke out in Arsal near the border with Syria after Jomaa was detained on August 2.

Militants who are still holding 36 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostage after the Arsal clashes are demanding the release of Jomaa and other Islamist prisoners, an informed source told AFP on Wednesday.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43