BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s army court docket acquitted one in all 4 brothers accused of planning to explode a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi almost two years in the past, state information company NNA mentioned on Thursday.
It mentioned Amer Khayat would go away Lebanon’s Roumieh jail, the place he has spent two years and two months, on Thursday night time.
The army court docket additionally sentenced the three different Khayat brothers – Khaled, Mahmoud and Tareq – in absentia to arduous labor for all times, NNA mentioned.
In 2017, Australian police charged Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat with planning a terrorist assault after disrupting what authorities deemed an Islamic State-inspired plot to bomb an Etihad Airways flight.
An Australian court docket in Might discovered Khaled Khayat responsible of plotting to explode the flight.
Lebanon’s then inside minister, Nohad Machnouk, mentioned on the time that one of many brothers, Tareq Khayat, was an Islamic State commander in Syria. Khaled, Mahmoud and Amer had been all dwelling in Australia however sometimes visited Lebanon, he mentioned.
He mentioned Amer Khayat had arrived in Lebanon in July 2017, the day Australian police mentioned the plotters tried to smuggle a bomb onto an Etihad flight from Sydney.
Reporting by Ellen Francis; Modifying by Peter Cooney