Lebanon’s general prosecutor: Cleric Assir to undergo DNA test before public trial

Published August 16th, 2015 - 07:59 GMT
Detained Salafist cleric Ahmed al-Assir will be subject to a DNA test to confirm it's really him after he had undergone a number of plastic surgery operations. (AFP/File)
Detained Salafist cleric Ahmed al-Assir will be subject to a DNA test to confirm it's really him after he had undergone a number of plastic surgery operations. (AFP/File)

General Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud revealed that detained Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir will be subject to a DNA test to confirm that it really is him after he had undergone a number of plastic surgery operations to alter his appearance, reported the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday.

He told the daily: “I asked the state commissioner to the military court to perform the test.”

Moreover, he said that an indictment had been previously issued against Assir, meaning that his file is “complete” and it will only be a matter of time before he stands trial.

“A preliminary investigation is necessary however and a warrant should be based primarily on an interrogation of Assir,” Hammoud explained.

The trial will be public, he told Asharq al-Awsat.

Assir was arrested at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport on Saturday as he attempted to leave the country to Nigeria through Egypt.

The firebrand anti-Hezbollah cleric is wanted for his involvement in the clashes against the army in the southern city of Sidon in 2013.


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