NNA - The permanent military court, headed by Brigadier General Hussein Abdullah, has served an in absentia sentence of 10 years hard labor to the Lebanese Youssef Mounir Fakhr, aka "Cowboy", and the Syrian Muhannad Ali Moussa, for planning the assassination of former Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt in 2016. The two were also stripped of their civil rights.
The court also ruled in absentia penalties against Lebanese fugitive Hamoud Khaled Awad and Lebanese Naji Najjar on charges of partnering with Fakhr and Moussa to form an armed group that provides the Syrian revolution with weapons and money.
Fakhr and Moussa were also charged of contacting Mandi Al-Safadi, who carries the Israeli nationality and is close to the Israeli enemy's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It is to note that Cowboy was arrested in August 2016 upon his arrival at Rafic Hariri International Airport, on his way back from the United States. He was then released in December 2017 in exchange for a ten million LBP bail. Consequently, he managed to remain in hiding, skipping all the court hearings.