Beirut- The relationship between Hezbollah and Egypt is heading from bad to worse, because Egypt's High State Security prosecution has asked for the death penalty for Hezbollah's Shihab on charges of plotting attacks in the country with the purpose of "overthrowing the regime,"
according to Sunday press reports.
Defendant Mohammed Youssef Mansour, also known as Sami Shihab, was among 49 suspects arrested over the past five months and accused of plotting attacks in Egypt on behalf of Hezbollah. A claim the Lebanese group denied saying Shihab was responsible for helping transport arms to the Gaza Strip.
Al Hayat newspaper reported Sunday that during a hearing on Saturday, Egypt's High State Security prosecution "officially charged Mansour with joining a secret and illegal organization with the aim of overthrowing the regime, endangering public peace and abusing the law."
Attorney Montasser al-Zayat, who represented Mansour at the hearing, said the investigations were "null and void" since they were conducted at night with each session lasting for more than ten hours with no regard to the defendant's "mental and physical state."
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Geith said the case "will be dealt with by the Egyptian judiciary and will not be subject to political interference or mediation attempts."
Al Hayat newspaper also reported that Egypt has filed a lawsuit against al Manar TV demanding the Hezbollah-owned station to "stop using Egyptian broadcasting satellite Nilesat, which is controlled by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior. The lawsuit also criticized Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for "insulting the government, the president and the people by allowing al Manar to broadcast fabricated news about Egypt."
21:44 Arslan told New TV: I will start tomorrow to prepare for a meeting between the Dhahiya and the Mountain ( red between Hezbollah and Jumblatt) to close the last May page and start a new page of reconciliation
20:17 Amin Gemayel told MTV : The Metn battle continues and we are trying to prepare an electoral list that is very inclusive and within few days the details will be announced
20:05 Fares Soueid from the campaign trail: We refuse to allow the election centers to become armed
20:03 MTV reported from Nassib Lahoud sources: I haven’t had any direct or indirect contact with Gemayel for several months and the Lebanese Forces did not deliver to me any message from him
20:00 A female thief was arrested 6 hours after stealing jewelery in Sour ( Tyre)
19:42 Hamas delegation is back in Egypt to resume the dialogue talks
19:29 Michelle Alliot-Marie, the French minister of interior is in Beirut to push for cooperation in anti-terrorism and drugs as well as administrative management system and civil defense.
18:53 London : An Indian businessman was accused of brokering an Israeli arms shipment
17:46 The French Minister of the Interior Michèle Alliot-Marie arrived in Beirut
17:44 Arslan : The wise person is the one who puts an end to the violence . Our only enemy is Israel and will remain with Jumblatt to safeguard the country
17:34 Arslan : the May 11 agreement was the basis of the Doha accord ...we are not enemies . Only ignorance transforms a dispute into hostility . We will continue to protect the backs of the resistance
17:31 Jumblatt : I will not deny what the media has reported because I am against isolationism and I hereby emphasize the reconciliation in the Dhahiya and Shouifat and Mountains
17:30 The reconciliation meeting between the Shouifat families began in the Serail in the presence of MP Walid Jumblatt and Minsier Talal Arslan and in the absence of Hezbollah delegation
15:32 Al Manar sources: The UAE authorities arrested Siddique in Sharjah and will hand him over soon to the Syrian authorities
14:41 MP Marwan Hamade from Baaqleen: New TV report is divisive and was in violation of the privacy of a meeting for Jumblatt , by trying to create trouble between March 14th and PSP
14:31 PM Siniora from Sidon : We emphasize the importance of the democratic system, which will never improve unless there was opposition
12:30 Siniora: The time has come for Sidon to have a united front.
11:15 Prime Minister Fouad Siniora arrived in Sidon where he will resume meetings with the city's main figures and families.
10:30 Former MP Nazem Khouri told LBC: There can be no change, reform or resistance without state sponsorship nor can there be a future. The main crisis here can be summed up by saying that each person wants an individualized Lebanon. I have asked Aoun to support the presidency , not necessarily the president himself and could agree to work together in Jubail
8:35 Aoudeh: Lebanese have a national duty to vote and they must chose an honest candidate, who will not pay more or make promises. A ruler must be decent and must place public interest above the interest of a sect, religion or family name.
8:30 Greek Orthodox Archbishop Elias Awdeh during Easter mass: The Lebanese will lose their country if they do not unite over respecting their homeland and army and over safeguarding the foundations of this country.
20:15 lawyer in charge of defending the detained Hezbollah members in Egypt: A decision was made to refer Shihab to the forensic doctor since he has not changed his underwear since he was arrested and is suffering from ringing in the ear
18:50 President Suleiman : “Let us transform Lebanon into the Switzerland of the East
and Beirut as the Paris of the Arabs,” Suleiman said as he called for restoring Lebanon’s leading regional role so it could attract foreign investment. He added : All the parties have yielded heroes , let's focus on dialogue
18:42 MP Streda Geagea from the Cedars of Bcharri : I am lucky to be from Bcharri and for being a member of the Lebanese Forces , the party that solidly stands for the Lebanese independence , sovereignty and freedom.
18:42 MP Elie Kairuz: We are in this campaign to make sure our efforts and sacrifices are not wasted and to prevent the country from returning back to the era of Syrian tutelage and to foil the desperate attempts for a coup against the state ( In reference to the Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah-led opposition and the Wilayat al Faqih type of government)
18:20 MP Butros Harb: Our battle is that of independence and not exploitation, we called for raising the Lebanese flag and not any other flag. We don’t believe that one state within another can survive and we cannot allow all Lebanese to carry arms.
18:00pm MP Antoine Zahra at the March 14 Forces electoral list launching: They obtained veto power following the Doha agreement and paralyzed the state and all achievements; they won’t have it again.
17:25 MP Aoun after meeting Minister Arslan : we have some problems in finalizing the Baabda electoral list and we hope this will be resolved within the coming few days
17:22 Arslan from Rabiyah : The Baabda and Aley electoral lists will be announced within few days
17:20 MPs Butros Harb and Antoine Zahra launch their electoral campaign in Batroun.
17:15 Lebanese Forces launch their electoral campaign in the Bshari region for MPs Streda Geagea and Elie Kairuz.