Last updated: 22 May, 2014

Syria court summons Lebanon’s Druze chief

A Syrian court has issued summons for two Lebanese anti-Damascus figures, including Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, a Lebanese judicial source said Thursday.

“The Lebanese justice ministry received from the Syrian embassy in Lebanon, upon mediation by the Lebanese foreign ministry, two court summons: one for MP Walid Jumblatt, the other for journalist Fares Khashan,” the source told AFP.

“The summons is from the criminal court in Syria. They are being called for a session on June 1 for questioning. They are accused of undermining the authority of the (Syrian) state,” the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Jumblatt is a leading anti-Damascus figure, while Khashan writes analysis pieces critical of Syria.

According to the source, Lebanon’s justice minister has referred the summons to a commission at the ministry to study the request.

The summons are not expected to be heeded.

Syria dominated Lebanon politically and militarily for 30 years until 2005. Today, Lebanon is deeply divided over the conflict in its neighbour.