MOSCOW, February 20 - RAPSI. The Lebanese Military Court's investigation judge has demanded the death penalty for former Information and Tourism Minister Michel Samaha for planning terrorist attacks in the country, the local news website Naharnet reported on Wednesday.

Earlier, the court demanded the death penalty in absentia for Syrian Security Chief Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk, who is another defendant in the case. Mamlouk was allegedly involved in smuggling explosives into Lebanon from Syria. They were found in a car belonging to Samaha, who has been under arrest since August 2012.

According to the Lebanese Prosecutor General's office, the investigation has revealed that the two men planned to carry out terrorist attacks in public places.