March 14 calls Syrian arrest warrants unacceptable and illegal


March 14 ministers held a meeting before Monday evening’s cabinet session and agreed that the arrest warrants issued by Syria are “unacceptable and illegal, in both legal or diplomatic terms,” MTV reported.

Their meeting was held before the cabinet session at the Baabda palace.

March 14 General-Secretariat Coordinator Fares Soueid called the arrest warrants: “A Syrian inclination toward undermining Lebanon’s stability and turning away from Syrian pledges of opening a new page with the Lebanese State. ”

On Sunday the Syrian judiciary issued 33 arrest warrants for judges, officers, politicians and journalists of Lebanese, Arab and other nationalities in the case brought by former Lebanese General Security chief Jamil as-Sayyed, according to a statement from Sayyed’s office.

Sayyed 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.

In December 2009, Sayyed filed a lawsuit in Damascus against various defendants whom he alleges were involved in a conspiracy of false testimonies against him.