Assad should explain Samaha issue, says Suleiman

Lebanon President Michel Suleiman said on Saturday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should call him and explain the transfer of weapons from Syria to Lebanon in the car of former Information Minister Michel Samaha.

“ The Lebanese judiciary accused a Syrian official of sending weapons to Lebanon , and I expect the Syrian president to call me and explain the incident . I hope this call will take place,” National News Agency quoted Suleiman as saying.

Earlier this month , Lebanese security forces arrested Samaha in a case linked to a bombing plan aimed to create a strife in Lebanon

On August 11, Judge Sami Sader charged Samaha and two Syrian army officers with setting up an armed group to incite sectarian strife through “terror attacks.”

Following his arrest, several reports revealed that Samaha confessed under interrogation that he had transferred “explosives from Syria to Lebanon in order to carry out bombings in North Lebanon, particularly in the area of Akkar, with Syria’s knowledge.”

“This is what Bashar wants,” Lebanese security sources quoted Samaha as saying of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a video shot by a Lebanese undercover agent for the Internal Security Forces Information Branch.

He was referring to the bombing plan that was meant to be carried out in north Lebanon.

The security sources also said that, in the video, Samaha can be seen and heard as saying that Syrian Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk had handed him the bombs in addition to $170,000 cash that was meant to be distributed to would-be executors of the bombing plan in Lebanon.

Samaha is known for being a staunch ally of the Syrian regime and Hezbollah even years before he was appointed a minister in the cabinet. He was among several pro-Syrian Lebanese officials who were sanctioned in 2007 by the United States for “contributing to political and economic instability in Lebanon.”

  • breakthemould

    I lot of people criticized the tone of his message to Assad. Not only do I think it is civilized, but also clever politics. This is better than empty threats which numerous heads of parties advocate thereby wrenching  the arguments further which gets us no where, the way other Lebanese politicians do.

    • bs244846

      if he was clever he wouldnt have been a general in the army….btw why does he need to beg for it? do you think begging will put him in a stronger position? i doubt? what this guy needs is a pair of balls…am surprised he got none for a general….further, even if i agree this should be the rule, even though i have doubts about the culpability of samaha, yet this is certainly not the proper way of doing it….if he thinks that weak assad will call him, well he will better wait to learn chinese first…last but not least, dont we say:””al 3afou 3inda al makdira min shyami al kibari”” no doubt he is proving to us once more he does not belong to the great…min imm al3arouss la imm al 3ariss….which ass is he licking this time?

  • breakthemould

    I lot of people criticized the tone of his message to Assad. Not only do I think it is civilized, but also clever politics. This is better than empty threats which numerous heads of parties advocate thereby wrenching  the arguments further which gets us no where, the way other Lebanese politicians do.

    • bs244846

      if he was clever he wouldnt have been a general in the army….btw why does he need to beg for it? do you think begging will put him in a stronger position? i doubt? what this guy needs is a pair of balls…am surprised he got none for a general….further, even if i agree this should be the rule, even though i have doubts about the culpability of samaha, yet this is certainly not the proper way of doing it….if he thinks that weak assad will call him, well he will better wait to learn chinese first…last but not least, dont we say:””al 3afou 3inda al makdira min shyami al kibari”” no doubt he is proving to us once more he does not belong to the great