Aoun on Samaha's Case: Let the Judiciary Complete its Duties
[An Nahar] Head of the Free Patriotic Movement
Despite its name a Christian party allied with Hizbullah, neither free nor particularly patriotic...
MP Michel Aoun
...a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hizbullah...
hoped on Tuesday that the case of former minister Michel Samaha would not be exploited politically.
He said before news hounds the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting in Rabiyeh: "Let the judiciary perform its duties in the case."
"I do not take media leaks in the case into consideration," he remarked.
"The judiciary is the only judge in the case and it alone issues a verdict," continued the MP.
Government deputy Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Sami Sader charged on Saturday ex-Information Minister Michel Samaha and Syrian security Chief Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk with forming a group to commit crimes in Leb.
The two were also charged with plotting to assassinate political and religious figures.
Media leaks had said that Samaha was working at Syrian orders to prepare explosives to be used in attacks in northern Leb.
Commenting on U.S. Ambassador to Leb Maura Connelly's warning that Aoun may be the victim of an liquidation, the MP said that the ambassador has denied the report.
As Safir newspaper reported on Tuesday that Connelly had warned Aoun during a meeting some ten days ago that the U.S. Embassy had information that a "terrorist group was planning on assassinating him."
As Safir said that Aoun had inquired about the identity of the terrorist group and Connelly revealed it to be Hizbullah.
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