Hezbollah has not directly commented on the light sentence, which is close to a verdict of innocence, in the Michel Samaha case. It settled with repeating that it respects the judiciary’s decision. Hezbollah acts as if it’s unconcerned with the scandal which shook Lebanon last week. What happened was a real scandal because the military judiciary sentenced Samaha to four-and-a-half years in prison with each judicial year equal to nine months. Samaha who’s been in custody since August 2012 will thus be eligible for release in December 2015.
Yes, Hezbollah and the “resistance” forces did not feel they had to clarify their ally’s, or rather allies’, involvement in crimes in Lebanon and tried to conceal the case by resorting to propaganda campaigns touting fake victories on the Syrian front of al-Qalamoun.
Media outlets affiliated with Hezbollah and the Lebanese resistance tried to downplay the military judiciary’s rulingDiana Moukalled