MP Sakr admits helping Syria rebels secure arms

MP Okab Sakr, a key member of the Future Parliamentary bloc confirmed that the Al-Akhbar newspaper transcripts of his conversations with Syrian rebels to provide them with military support to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad regime were true.

In remarks published by As-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper on Monday, Sakr said: “What I am doing in Syria embodies my convictions and it is in the interest of Lebanon.”

“I accept personal responsibility for what I am doing.”

“[The voice heard in the phone conversations] is my voice, and these are my words. I am not used to denying my own voice or my own words and I am not ashamed of my deeds,” he also said.

The MP also addressed the calls for withdrawing his parliamentary immunity, saying that he would abide by any judicial measure taken with regard to his case, adding that he would not “hide behind the parliamentary immunity.”

“Are the others who are also involved in fighting in Syria prepared to have their parliamentary immunity lifted , as well as mine, and have us all tried?” he inquired in an implicit reference to pro-Syrian regime Lebanese factions.

Sakr added that he would soon publically reveal the details of the case, and highlighted the role played by Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri in supporting the Syrian uprising as “nothing more or less than humanitarian, political and media support for the Syrian people.”

Meanwhile, Speaker Nabih Berri, when asked to comment on the possibility of taking legal measures to lift Sakr’s parliamentary immunity, said in remarks in As-Safir newspaper on Monday that he would study the case “if it was referred to him by the Public Prosecution.”

Al-Akhbar newspaper last week published a series of transcripts revealing Sakr’s conversations with Syrian rebels to help arm them in their effort to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanon’s political scene is deeply divided between supporters of the Assad regime, spearheaded by the March 8 group, and its pro-western opponents represent by the March 14 coalition.

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  • JS_Bach

    I don’t understand why this guy is mentioning judicial measures, or talking about lifting his own immunity, or abiding by any prosecution. Why? When Harbullah is armed to teeth, acts with impunity, overthrows governments, occupies capitals, assassinates, facilitates or covers up assassinations, sends fighters to Syria for “jihadic duties”, then why the hell should anyone else be subject to judiciary action? The law applies to some and not others?!

    I think Mr. Sakr’s position is extremely wrong, bending over backwards and almost cowardly on this one. His position should be “Go f*ck yourselves if you don’t like it ya ikhweit L @#(*&*—an eye for an eye, and you asked for it.

    Inno what, we are expected to continue sitting there like lame ducks while we are hunted one by one? Until our children get blown up on the streets? Time for some counter-action and kudos to Mr. Sakr and his likes. These people don’t understand frickin’ “dialogue”. They understand “bullet”. Tried and tested.

    • MekensehParty

      I know, what are you so afraid of Sakr???
      Why lie and bs…
      Step on your roof and scream it loud from day one.

    • Leborigine

      Exactly my point from day one. We have to think and act on a national level. We have reached a point in Lebanon where no one can have syria or israel as an ally. Different groups or sects have been hurt and betrayed by one or the other. So its not fair for anyone to take sides. We, as Lebanese have to support each other and treat all our neighbours as enemies!

  • JS_Bach

    I don’t understand why this guy is mentioning judicial measures, or talking about lifting his own immunity, or abiding by any prosecution. Why? When Harbullah is armed to teeth, acts with impunity, overthrows governments, occupies capitals, assassinates, facilitates or covers up assassinations, sends fighters to Syria for “jihadic duties”, then why the hell should anyone else be subject to judiciary action? The law applies to some and not others?!

    I think Mr. Sakr’s position is extremely wrong, bending over backwards and almost cowardly on this one. His position should be “Go f*ck yourselves if you don’t like it ya ikhweit L @#(*&*—an eye for an eye, and you asked for it.

    Inno what, we are expected to continue sitting there like lame ducks while we are hunted one by one? Until our children get blown up on the streets? Time for some counter-action and kudos to Mr. Sakr and his likes. These people don’t understand frickin’ “dialogue”. They understand “bullet”. Tried and tested.

    • MekensehParty

      I know, what are you so afraid of Sakr???
      Why lie and bs…
      Step on your roof and scream it loud from day one.

    • Leborigine

      Exactly my point from day one. We have to think and act on a national level. We have reached a point in Lebanon where no one can have syria or israel as an ally. Different groups or sects have been hurt and betrayed by one or the other. So its not fair for anyone to take sides. We, as Lebanese have to support each other and treat all our neighbours as enemies!

  • dateam

    everyone knew this from day one…but i just want to know why we have paid parliamentarians who are not in the country or attending parliament…such as oqab and hariri?

    • nagy_michael2

      the same way we paid many hezbollah parlimentary members who quit the gov’t and still got paid. Then in turn they came to the ministry to have signatures to approve their own budget only. the same way we allow free electricity to dahia and gov’t do not dare ask them to pay. But Hezbollah is the beggar here and they have no shame of stealing electricity instead of paying for it like everybody else..  Same way we pay ministers in Amal who have brothers and with their help selling tainted drugs to the lebanese populations and nothing was done about it. No one is arrested.. hezbollah members are selling weapons to FSA and they seemed to be doing it on regular basis. So why are people making big deal out of Sakr actions..

      • dateam

        the article is about oqab sakr thats what my comment is directed at…hxb is another story…you cant keep deflecting issues to the other side everytime you dont like whats said about something…this is part of the reason nothing gets resolved….now i dont accept alot of m8 doing and i dont accept that a paid parliamentarian dosent have to sit in parliament and still get payed? do you? its a no brainer?

        • nagy_michael2

          You’re right I agree!.. its just wherever you turn hezbollah gets away with everything including murdering Lebanese for the sake of others. Its hard not to leave of any comments..

  • dateam

    everyone knew this from day one…but i just want to know why we have paid parliamentarians who are not in the country or attending parliament…such as oqab and hariri?

    • nagy_michael2

      the same way we paid many hezbollah parlimentary members who quit the gov’t and still got paid. Then in turn they came to the ministry to have signatures to approve their own budget only. the same way we allow free electricity to dahia and gov’t do not dare ask them to pay. But Hezbollah is the beggar here and they have no shame of stealing electricity instead of paying for it like everybody else..  Same way we pay ministers in Amal who have brothers and with their help selling tainted drugs to the lebanese populations and nothing was done about it. No one is arrested.. hezbollah members are selling weapons to FSA and they seemed to be doing it on regular basis. So why are people making big deal out of Sakr actions..

      • dateam

        the article is about oqab sakr thats what my comment is directed at…hxb is another story…you cant keep deflecting issues to the other side everytime you dont like whats said about something…this is part of the reason nothing gets resolved….now i dont accept alot of m8 doing and i dont accept that a paid parliamentarian dosent have to sit in parliament and still get payed? do you? its a no brainer?

        • nagy_michael2

          You’re right I agree!.. its just wherever you turn hezbollah gets away with everything including murdering Lebanese for the sake of others. Its hard not to leave of any comments..

  • wargame1

    Inshallah the Syrian Mujaheddin will be able to export arms in to neighboring country in the near future. Assad has many arms and most of them will be captured and exported to Lebanon ,Iraq and else where. A huge quantity of arms of the coalition force is Afghanistan  is waiting for the Taliban as the occupation force are looking for a exit strategy but unable to move those weapon out.Its nice to punish the enemies with their arms. Its good to see a Russian made anti air craft missile hitting a Russian Mig.

  • wargame1

    Inshallah the Syrian Mujaheddin will be able to export arms in to neighboring country in the near future. Assad has many arms and most of them will be captured and exported to Lebanon ,Iraq and else where. A huge quantity of arms of the coalition force is Afghanistan  is waiting for the Taliban as the occupation force are looking for a exit strategy but unable to move those weapon out.Its nice to punish the enemies with their arms. Its good to see a Russian made anti air craft missile hitting a Russian Mig.