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Lebanon issues arrest warrant for Syrian official

Monday - 2/4/2013, 6:12am  ET

By BASSEM MROUE
Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanese judicial officials say prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a top Syrian intelligence official for his alleged involvement in a bombing plot in Lebanon.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, say Brig. Gen. Ali Mamlouk is accused of being involved with Lebanon's former information minister who is accused of plotting a wave of attacks in Lebanon at the behest of Syria.

The former information minister, Michel Samaha, has been in custody since August. His arrest was an embarrassing blow to Syria, which has long acted with impunity in Lebanon.

Mamlouk, head of Syria's national security council, was indicted in absentia along with Samaha in the summer.

The officials said another arrest warrant has been issued for a Syrian colonel identified as Adnan.


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