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Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun visits President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. He was accompanied by Ali Abdul Karim Syrian ambassador to Lebanon
Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun visits President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. He was accompanied by Ali Abdul Karim Ai Syrian ambassador to Lebanon

Tarek Shandab, a Lebanese lawyer filed Thursday a lawsuit against Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun, claiming that the Mufti’s remarks have incited crimes against humanity and war crimes, National News Agency reported

The lawsuit was reportedly filed on behalf of several Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon.

Shandab demanded the arrest of Mufti Hassoun before his departure from Lebanon.

Hassoun arrived in Lebanon Wednesday to meet with President Michel Aoun and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.

The news agency said that the lawsuit will be referred to State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud.

There are around 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Hassoun, a Sunni cleric is a staunch supporter of Syrian president Bashar al Assad who is fighting the mostly Sunni rebels.

Dissociation policy

In a related development Assad said  the election  is a victory for Syria as he stressed that Lebanon can not adopt a dissociation policy, Syrian al-Watan daily reported Thursday.

“The arrival of Aoun at Lebanon’s presidency is a victory for Syria and for the axis of the Resistance, primarily when the president realizes that Lebanon can not be dissociated from the fires blazing around it and despite that adopt what has been named as the dissociation policy,” said Assad in an interview with the daily.

To a question if Assad had invited Aoun for a visit to Syria, the Syrian President said: “Not yet… now they are occupied with the formation of the cabinet.”

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