Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea told Saudi daily Al-Watan in remarks published on Thursday that the Internal Security Forces intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated by the Shiite group Hezbollah under orders from its Syrian and Iranian backers after uncovering the plot of ex-Information Minister Michel Samaha.
“After uncovering the plot of Samaha, Hassan dealt a blow to those seeking to turn Lebanon into a scene for regional and international [struggles]. The regime [of Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad is directly accused, alongside Iran, in planning for killing Hassan, and employing Hezbollah to carry out [the assassination],” Geagea said
“Hassan provoked the Syria-Iran-Hezbollah axis by clamping down on the security violations perpetrated by some of those who belong to Lebanese political movements affiliated with the Assad regime,” he added.
The LF leader also said that had the Samaha case, which implicated the former minister in planning terror attacks in Lebanon, been dealt with by other than the late intelligence chief, it would have been covered up and “Lebanon would have witnessed more than the destruction caused by Hassan’s killing.”
On August 11, a Lebanese judge charged Samaha and two Syrian army officers with setting up an armed group to incite sectarian strife through “terror attacks.”