LEBANON: MILITARY TRIBUNAL ISSUES DEATH PENALTY OVER SOLDIERS DEATHS
January 24, 2018:
The Military Tribunal issued the death penalty for two men found guilty of involvement in the beheading of two Lebanese soldiers.
Bilal Mikati was given the death penalty for the execution of soldier Sgt. Ali al-Sayyed on Aug. 28, 2014, and for involvement in executing soldier Pvt. Abbas Medlej on Sept. 6, 2014.
The Tribunal, headed by Brig. Gen. Hussein Abdullah, also sentenced Mikati’s cousin, Omar Mikati, to death after finding him guilty of involvement in Medlej’s beheading as well as mutilating Sayyed’s body.
They two soldiers were killed by Daesh (ISIS) after being taken hostage when the militants and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham - previously known as the Nusra Front - briefly overran the northeastern town of Arsal.
Bilal al-Atar was also sentenced to death for belonging to Ahmad Mikati’s militant group and planning to establish a so-called "wilayah" or province of Daesh’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
Although the death penalty is still part of the Lebanese penal code, no death sentences have been carried out since 2003. Most often the sentence translates to life in prison.
(Sources: Daily Star, 24/01/2018)