Sayyed’s son calls for eliminating those behind his father’s arrest


The son of former General Security Department chief Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed following in his father’s footsteps called for eliminating those who were behind the arrest of the 4 general in 2005.

Malek Sayyed, who is a lawyer, told the Syrian al-Watan newspaper in an interview published Thursday.

“We call for eliminating those who were behind the arrest of the generals from Lebanese political life after sacking them because it is unacceptable for the four generals to be out (of jail) and for those who harmed them to remain in their posts,”

Jamil Sayyed (Top right) along with 3 other generals was detained from 2005 to 2009 on suspicion of involvement in former PM Rafik Hariri’s murder. In April 2009, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL ) ordered their release without charges due to insufficient evidence. STL prosecutor made it clear at the time they were set free that their release did not mean they are Innocent and that once more evidence is available they could be back in jail.

Sayyed’s son said he wanted to hold accountable those who had a role in jailing the four security generals in Roumieh for four years” without any evidence” of their involvement in Hariri’s assassination.

“We ask for compensation and accountability. We don’t mean financial compensation as some have said,” Malek Sayyed said

“Justice won’t be achieved unless the judges and security officials such as State Prosecutor Said Mirza and Head of the Intelligence Bureau Col. Wissam al-Hassan “who have created false witnesses and caused the arrest of the four generals” were prosecuted, Sayyed told the Syrian daily.

Sayyed, a staunch ally of Syria was criticized following a press conference on Sunday in which he said that “[Saad Hariri] should take a lie detector test to prove he did not support or fund false witnesses in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).” He also said that the prime minister should “admit that he sold his father’s blood for four years in order to implement a new Middle East project,” a reference to US policy in the region.

Sayyed even threatened to take justice into his own hands if Hariri did not act to put false witnesses on trial.

“I vow upon my honor that if you (Hariri) do not give me my right, I will take it with my own hands some day,” Sayyed vowed.

MP Okab Sakr commented on Sayyed’s statements by saying:

“Sayyed has lost some of his memory and his psychological state is getting worse,” adding that the Sayyed’s state of mind has deteriorated since he lost power as head of General Security.

“If there was a State in Lebanon, Sayyed would have been put in jail a long time ago and before Hariri’s 2005 assassination” Sakr said

Sakr added: “Sayyed built his palace on the skulls of many Lebanese who were humiliated, robbed of their money and probably killed.”

According to observers Sayyed’s son wants to eliminate the 25 Lebanese officials against who he filed a lawsuit last December in Syrian courts

“We filed the lawsuit in Syria because the Lebanese justice system and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon decided they had no jurisdiction over the matter,” Sayyed’s lawyer and son Malek Sayyed told the AFP last January