Lebanese ex-minister sentenced to 10 years for plotting attacks

By REUTERS
April 8, 2016 12:33

BEIRUT - A Lebanese court sentenced a former minister with close ties to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to nine years and nine months in prison on Friday, after a retrial on charges of smuggling explosives and planning attacks.


Former information minister Michel Samaha was detained in August 2012 and sentenced to a shorter term last year.


The longer sentence was set at 13 years, but in Lebanon a prison year is equivalent to nine months.


Samaha had been freed on bail in January pending the retrial.


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