Minister Harb proposes a solution to false witnesses issue


During a press conference , Lebanon Labor Minister Boutros Harb called for the Syrian arrest warrants in the case of former General Security chief Jamil as-Sayyed to be transferred to the Lebanese judiciary.

This is based on the Syrian-Lebanese judicial agreement signed in 1951, he said

Lebanese Judicial authorities should take a stance regarding the arrest warrants and refuse to hand over the Lebanese defendants to Syrian authorities, Harb also said.

“After this step, the First Investigative Judge in Syria should transfer the case to his Lebanese counterpart… After the [Lebanese] judge issues an indictment, the cabinet can then finalize the ‘false witnesses’ issue .”

“If the defendants are found guilty of inciting civil strife and domestic fighting, then the file can be transferred to the judicial Council to look into the matter.”

In October, Syria issued 33 arrest warrants against judges, officers, politicians and journalists of Lebanese, Arab and other nationalities named in an October 2009 lawsuit Sayyed filed in Damascus.

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

Tension between March 14 alliance and the Iranian backed Hezbollah ran high after armed Hezbollah bodyguards invaded Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport to receive Sayyed (who is wanted by the Lebanese judiciary ) at the VIP launch without the needed permission from the ministry of Foreign affairs .Now lebanon