MP Sakr in Lebanon, not in Syrian jail, report, update

Future Movement media coordinator Ayman Jezzini denied that MP Okab Saqr was arrested in Banias in Syria, adding that he will hold a press conference to deny the report.

The denial comes after Syria Nobles website on Saturday said that Syrian state television reported that Lebanese Future bloc MP Okab Sakr was arrested in Banias.”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been facing the biggest challenge to his rule. Popular protests demanding greater freedoms and an end to corruption erupted over a month ago in southern Syria and spread to the capital Damascus and most cities in Syria. Last Friday witnessed the largest ever protest and there are reports pointing to more protests this coming Friday since the Christians were urged to participate on Great Friday.

Just like the Egyptian, Tunisian and Libyan regimes the Syrian regime has been blaming foreigners for the protests. Last week the Syrian regime accused a Lebanese Future movement legislator of funding and arming the opposition to fuel a wave of protests in the country, a charge that was repeatedly denied by the party and MP Jamal al Jarrah.

Sakr is reportedly in Beirut. Ya Libnan will update this report as soon as Sakr holds his press conference

Update: Sakr denied during a phone interview with Lebanese Forces website Srian claims , calling them fabrications and lies . he said he will appear on Future TV at 8:00 pm local time to refute the Syrian claims

OTV television station which is owned by MP Michel Aoun reported that the Syrian judiciary issued an arrest warrant against MP Sakr accusing him of involvement in the Syrian unrest and has circulated his name to all the lebanese Syrian border crossings. The Syrian authorities did not notify their Lebanese counterparts about this issue .