Lebanon issues arrest warrant for Syrian army defector
A Lebanese judge has issued an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian army colonel after he admitted to attempting to form an anti-Assad rebel brigade in north Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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A Lebanese judge issued Thursday an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian officer after he confessed to planning to form a rebel brigade in the north of the country to fight President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawwan issued the warrant against Col. Mohammad Ahmad Amer following a thorough interrogation, a judicial source told The Daily Star.
While in custody, the defected officer confessed to working with rebels from the Free Syrian Army in Turkey to establish a military brigade in Tripoli, north Lebanon, to fight troops loyal to Assad in Syria, the source said.
Amer, according to the source, had defected from the Syrian Army and fled to Tripoli with his family.
He was arrested last month for possession of weapons and explosives.
A compact disk and a USB device confiscated from the colonel’s home in Tripoli contained information, maps and military strategies, the source added.
Sawwan, the source said, referred the case to the military prosecutor to give his recommendation.