May 2008 events: Fatfat tells Nasrallah “ask Jumblatt”


March 14 MP Ahmed Fatfat said Saturday that the international tribunal is not aimed at taking revenge against anyone, adding doubting its decisions would create tension and target national unity.

Fatfat made his remark following talks with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir at his summer residence in Diman.

Fatfat said Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s statement that the May 5 decisions were Israeli-made is rejected.

On May 5, 2008, the government decided to remove airport security chief Brig. Gen. Wafiq Shouceir( over the airport surveillance cameras and his alleged links to Hezbollah ) and labeled illegal and unconstitutional a private telecommunications network set up by Hezbollah on Lebanese territory. The decision sparked a coup by Hezbollah which led to its occupation of west Beirut and its failed attempt to occupy the Druze stronghold of Mt Lebanon.

“The May 5 decisions were patriotic and if Sayyed Nasrallah wants to know their intentions, then he should ask MP Walid Jumblatt because he was behind everything,” Fatfat said.

Progressive Socialist Party leader warned in 2008 that the entire country would turn into “security zones”, a reference to the southern suburbs of Beirut, which are controlled by Hezbollah’s private security apparatus. “We tell those who want to return the era of Syrian tutelage to Lebanon that we will not succumb,” he announced.

Jumblatt found out Late April, early May 2008 that Shoucair on orders from Hezbollah had surveillance cameras placed near the airport to monitor Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport. Following the discovery he demanded Shoucair’s resignation and accused him of being a Hezbollah member.

The cameras were reportedly behind the information that led to the murder of some of the anti-Syrian Lebanese leaders, immediately after their return from overseas.

Fatfat also slammed Nasrallah for saying Israel had complete control over Lebanon’s telecom sector.

“If Nasrallah has any information about an Israeli spy who sought to change telecom (details) and data to impact the international tribunal, then let us hand him over” to the court, Fatfat said.

The MP also rejected Nasrallah’s statement that the pending indictment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is an Israeli project.

“If we have any proof, then let us submit it for accountability … But if we don’t have any excuse, then we are shoving the country into strife,” Fatfat said.