Security Forces Play Down Sami Gemayel Murder Plot
[An Nahar] Phalange Party
The Kataeb (Phalange) party was founded by Pierre Gemayel in 1936, who modeled the party after Spanish and Italian Fascist parties he had observed as an Olympic athlete during the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, then Nazi Germany. The movement's uniforms originally included brown shirts and members used the Nazi salute. Despite the party's uniform, its strong sense of nationalism and dedication to a single charismatic leader, the Lebanese Kataeb was not and never became a fascist party nor did it espouse a totalitarian ideology.
leader Amin Gemayel stressed on Friday that an liquidation attempt against his son, MP Sami Gemayel, had been thwarted although security forces tried to minimize the impact of the new revelation, saying the politician had only been advised to avoid attending a dinner.
In remarks to al-Liwaa newspaper, the Phalange chief said: "We received information from the generate-directorate of the Internal Security Forces -the Intelligence Branch about a plan to assassinate MP Sami Gemayel whose preparations were made at the time and place where he would be."
According to the daily, Gemayel was going to attend a dinner in the Metn town of Bhersaf.
An Nahar newspaper said that Intelligence Branch chief Col. Wissam al-Hassan contacted the MP and asked him about his dinner plans. The politician then wondered "where did you get that information?"
Al-Hassan replied: "I will let you know and I urge you to take your precautions and not to attend the dinner."
The two men met the next day and discussed the issue, An Nahar said.
Gemayel family sources told the daily that an official report was referred by the security agencies to Premier Najib Miqati about the alleged plot.
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