Lebanese ex-minister sentenced to 10 years for plotting attacks

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.