'Cowboy', Accomplice Sentenced over 'Jumblat Assassination Plot'
A Lebanese and a Syrian were on Tuesday handed jail sentences in absentia after they were convicted of plotting to assassinate Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat in 2016.
The National News Agency said the Military Court sentenced Lebanese national Youssef Munir Fakhr -- who is also known as 'The Cowboy' -- and the Syrian Muhannad Ali Moussa to ten years of hard labor
It also stripped them of their civil rights.
In a separate case also involving 'The Cowboy', the court sentenced Lebanese fugitive Hammoud Khaled Awad to five years of hard labor and Lebanese fugitive Naji al-Najjar to three years of hard labor on charges of “conspiring with Fakhr and Moussa to form an armed group and supporting the Syrian revolution with money and arms.”
“Fakhr and Moussa also communicated with Mandi al-Safadi, who has Israeli nationality and is close to the Israeli enemy's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” the court said.
The Cowboy was arrested in August 2016 upon his arrival at Beirut airport from the United States. He was released in December 2017 on an LBP 10 million bail after which he went into hiding.