Imad Yassin, a 50-year-old Palestinian linked with the ISIS terrorist group sentenced to 160 years jail term by Lebanon military court.
He was charged with offences like deadly attacks on security forces, targeting government buildings and civilian areas. Before joining ISIS, he was a member of other militant groups, including Al Qaeda–linked Jund Al Sham.
Jund Al-Sham is still active in many parts of Ain Al Hilweh. Ain Al Hilweh is the largest of 12 refugee camps located in Lebanon. This region has witnessed many deadly clashes between rival factions. Many militant groups have a significant presence there.
The official said Imad Yassin confessed to all the charges levelled against him by investigation agencies. Charges included:
- Joining a “terrorist organisation”.
- Committing crimes in Lebanon’s largest camp for refugees in Ain Al Hilweh.
- Shooting the Lebanese troops and transporting weapons and ammunition for terrorist groups.
Yassin is also known as the ’emir’ (prince)of ISIS in THE Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp and is considered as military commander of extremist Jund al-Sham.
Accused Imad Yassin also confessed that he was planning to attack the main power stations and the headquarters of major local television stations in Beirut, The official commented on the condition of the non-disclosure of their names.
He was also planning to kill the former MP Walid Jumblatt, who is also a former head of the progressive socialist party.
Yassin was detained almost six years ago in the Ain Al Hilweh, near the port city of Sidon. Since detention by security agencies, he is in custody.
The total sentences for all 11 charges, as he confessed, count for up to 160 years in prison, the judicial officer said, as per court judgement.
The session for sentenceing, the accused, Yassin, started late Monday night and lasted until the early hours of Tuesday.
However, authenticated news on his 160-year-long sentences only came to light on Wednesday late evening.
It is worth mentioning that at the peak of its rise, ISIS declared itself a caliphate in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Moreover, ISIS took responsibility for many deadly attacks on Lebanon’s territory.
These deadly attacks cost the lives of a large number of people and also left large numbers of people wounded.
Lebanese armed forces launched a full-scale operation against ISIS in 2017 and captured a large chunk of the area from the possession of ISIS and its allied groups.