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May 30, 2014

Now Lebanon - Michel Samaha’s trial adjourned until December, May 30, 2014

Head of the Military Court Brigadier General Khalil Ibrahim adjourned on Friday the trial of former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha, who was indicted in 2012 on terror charges, until December 5, 2014.

The trial was adjourned due to the failure to deliver summons to Syrian general Ali Mamluk and a fellow officer identified only by his first name of Adnan, both of whom were indicted along with Samaha on terror charges, the Nationa News Agency reported.

“The court received a letter from Liban Post [postal services company] informing it that the latter did not deliver the notice for the trial to Mamluk, due to the security circumstances in Syria,” Ibrahim said during the session.

According to the NNA, the judge allowed Samaha to see his family for 45 minutes, in the presence of police officers.

Mamluk was one of two Syrian officers indicted along with Samaha in August 2012 over an attempt to smuggle weapons into Lebanon in a bid to foment terrorism.

However, the Syrian officials implicated in the plot have ignored Lebanese judicial summons to appear in court.

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