Samir Jaja, leader of the Lebanese Forces is to be released from prison. Parliament today voted in favour of granting him amnesty. Hizbollah supported the move, by choosing not to vote against his release.
He’ll walk out of jail in a few days, as soon as the Parliamentary bill becomes law, when it is signed by the President.
The murderer is serving four life sentences: one for the assasination of a Prime Minister, two for the murder of his political rivals, and one for the attempted murder of a Minister.
He led battles against other Christian militia, notably Michel Aoun’s forces. Jaja was cleared of an attack on a Church which left 11 dead.
Tensions are growing in Lebanon with both pro and anti-Syrian figures being targetted. Releasing Jaja just 6 weeks after the return of his arch-foe Michel Aoun is sure to add fuel to that fire. Aoun recently visited him in prison in an attempt to form a political union.
His wife Strida was recently elected to Parliament.
Jaja has only served 11 years of his jail term – which was reduced from the death sentence a few years ago.