FPM worried over its image following Karam’s arrest


Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil told reporters

during a televised press conference Friday, that retired Brigadier General Fayez Karam’s arrest on suspicion of espionage “will not affect the relationship between the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and Hezbollah.”

Karam, who is an FPM official, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of spying for Israel.

Bassil , son-in-law of FPM leader General Michel Aoun said that FPM-Hezbollah relations were strong enough to resist any blow, adding that Karam had not been privy to meetings between Aoun and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Karam and Aoun went into exile in France following Aoun’s defeat by the Syrian army in 1990 and both returned to Lebanon following the withdrawal of the Syrian army from Lebanon in 2005.

Similarly Free Patriotic Movement MP Nabil Nicolas (R) , told New TV yesterday that FPM official and Brigadier General Fayez Karam had no relationship with Hezbollah.

During an interview with Hezbollah’s al-Manar television on Friday Nicolas warned that some media coverage of Karam’s arrest are aimed at harming FPM’s image.

Nicolas described the arrest as a “personal” issue.

Nicolas also said Interior Minister Ziad Baroud should make a statement against incorrect leaks to the media, adding that Karam had been held in the information branch for four days and ought to be surrendered to the appropriate authorities for investigation.

Hezbollah so far has not issued any statement over Karam’s arrest . Hezbollah leader has  demanded on several occasions the execution of all Israeli spies .



5 responses to “FPM worried over its image following Karam’s arrest”

  1. Tarie Al Fanarie Avatar
    Tarie Al Fanarie

    FPM worried about its Image? interesting when did they ever have good one to start with? Bassil was a vagabonde until he became a communication minister where reported to the President (Nassrallah I mean) on daily basis and filled him on what was going there. Suddenly Bassil owns lots of properties and i heard he owns a bank or two. What a smart investor he is..Aoun i believe has 50% shares in B OF A by now.

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    1. Nadim Khwg Avatar
      Nadim Khwg

      It’s so funny! Evry politician tries to justify their relation with hezballah not within Lebanon. This is how much hezballah is taking over our lovely Lebanon. mercy on us.

  2. Two things.

    1- Bassil’s statement has two explanations. One is that being a member of the FPM political council “which Karama is still considered active because till now there no official statement from the FPM declaring his dismissal. “Anyway as I was saying. Being a member of the FPM political council is meaningless if the head of the council does not share, discuss or debate agreement and dealings made with other parties “Like the one with HA”. And the second is that Bassil is proving to be true that the FPM is a family business!

    2- As I recall, Bassil was the minister of communication for few years and all of the spies arrested today within the communication domain where under his watch! And as I recall that he made it very hard delivering evidence to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon “STL” every time they requested it.. ???? Does anyone see a flag hear? And now after the Information Branch in the Lebanese government started arresting Israeli spies from the communication sector, HA started claiming that the data has been tampered with!!! So the million dollar question is…. Was the data under Bassil’s control of the ministry “which he refused to hand over to the STL” divine then but polluted now?

  3. what image are you worried about? all the parties suck rocks.

    so whats the big deal? theres spies caught in all the parties, flush em out and unite already.

  4. Just for Memory’s sake check Bassil’s Father in law in this artical. remember that Birds of the same father flock together. And I mean HA and the FPM


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