January 16, 2016. Lebanon’s daily l'ORIENT DU JOUR reports on the provisional decision to release on bail Michel Samaha, the country's former Minister of Information and Tourism. He faces strict bail conditions including a prohibition to make any public pronouncement and to be active in social media. He also had to post a surety equivalent to US$100,000. His release from custody has created a firestorm of protest in the country.
was known to be a close friend of the Syrian governmentwas placed from Damascus to the north of Lebanon
Samaha's trial by a military tribunal was often postponed because, inter alia , of the absence of Mamluk. Eventually, the court separated the cases and Samaha was tried separately for the smuggling explosives. He was May 13, 2015 by a military tribunal to four and half years in jail. He served his sentence in Rihaniyé, Lebanon.
The sentence remains under appeal. Samaha is expected back into court on January 21, 2016.