MP Houri accuses Syrian Ambassador of role in kidnappings


March 14 MP Ammar Houri accused Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali of involvement in the kidnapping of Syrian opposition figures.

Syrian national Shebli Ayssami, one of the founders of the Arab Baath Socialist Party, reportedly disappeared in Lebanon in May, 2011 and his whereabouts are still unknown.

Last week, the US Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Ali, adding new pressure on the embattled regime of Assad.

Houri told Saudi newspaper Okaz that it is not surprising that the cabinet is “silent” regarding Syrian developments because it is Hezbollah’s cabinet.

“What is happening in Syria is part of the Arab Spring which began in Tunisia.”

The MP also condemned the Syrian regime’s “violence against the unarmed Syrian people.”