BEIRUT: The Military court adjourned Tuesday radical Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir’s trial until April 15 for forming and leading an armed group north Lebanon after fleeing Sidon city following clashes with the Lebanese Army in Abra.
The court heard the testimony of Sheikh Khaled Hablas, who was arrested for being part of the armed group in the northern Lebanese town of Bhanin.
During his testimony, Hablas denied receiving a sum of $500,000 from Assir for mass armament.
Hablas said that the total sum received from Assir was $100,000 used for transportation, accommodation, and the purchase of light weapons for a number of men in the group to provide security for the Mosque where Hablas used to address his peers in Tripoli.
Lebanon's Military Court previously sentenced Al-Assir to death for leading an armed group in clashes with the Lebanese army in 2013 in the southern city of Sidon. The clashes resulted in the death of 18 army soldiers and at least 40 militants loyal to Assir.
Al-Assir was apprehended in August 2015 in Beirut's International airport while trying to flee the country.
Al-Assir is vehemently opposed to Lebanon's powerful Shiite militant Hezbollah group. During the trial, he refused to recognize the court's authority.
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