Opposition MPs Receive 'Syria Threats' by SMS
[An Nahar] March 14 camp MP Ammar Houri revealed that he and four colleagues were texted death threats from a Syrian telephone number before and after Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Wissam al-Hasan's liquidation on Friday.
"On the eve of the attack, we received an SMS from a Syrian number that read: 'Sons of bitches, we will get you one by one,'" Ammar Houri said on television on Monday night.
He named the other MPs as Ahmed Fatfat, Hadi Hbeish, Khaled al-Daher and Nuhad al-Mashnouq.
"At the time, we didn't pay any attention to it, until the liquidation of Hasan," which was widely blamed on Damascus
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that also left two others dead.
"After the liquidation, we received a second SMS that read: 'Congratulations, the countdown has begun. One of 10 eliminated.'"
Hasan was noted for his investigation of Syrian political crimes in Leb. His murder plunged the country, divided between partisans and opponents of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
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, into a political crisis.
Houri and the four other MPs belong to the March 14 opposition, which is led by former Premier Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's liquidation. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.
, a strong opponent of Assad, whom he blames for the 2005 liquidation of his father and former premier, Rafik.
The opposition has demanded that Prime Minister Najib Miqati resign, accusing him of covering for the murderers of Hasan.
Since Rafik Hariri's murder, several other Lebanese political figures hostile to the Damascus regime have also been assassinated.
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