Baroud grants airport security chief 1 month leave of absence- update


Lebanon’s Interior Minister Ziad Baroud granted Beirut airport security chief Brigadier General Wafiq Shoucair a one-month leave of absence until a decision is reached on his request to be relieved of duties.

Shoucair, who was angered by the campaign against the Airport security apparatus submitted his resignation to Interior Minister Ziad Baroud on Monday, the National News Agency (NNA) reported. Shoucair also asked for an immediate leave of absence.

Shoucair’s resignation comes after the body of a 20 year old Lebanese was found Saturday on the landing gear of a Saudi jet aircraft .

Nas Air flight XY 720 took off from Beirut airport late Friday with 130 people on board and landed Saturday morning in the Saudi capital.

Lebanon Files has reported that MP Khaled Zahrman branded the incident a “scandal” and called for an immediate , serious and transparent investigation to identify all those responsible, noting that the airport should have in place strong measures that will prevent illegal access to the aircraft.

The person was officially identified by Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar as Firas Haider . He lived in Burj el Barajnet near the airport , which explains the reason behind his ability to infiltrate the airport runways.

MTV reported that Haider had a picture of Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a “martyrdom note” in his pocket.

MP Walid Jumblatt praised Shoucair for for submitting his resignation calling it “first of its kind in Lebanon.”


DNA samples were taken from the parents of Firas Hussein Haidar whose body was found in the landing gear of the Saudi plane Nas Air jet to officially reconfirm his identity.



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