At Least 18 Lebanese Figures Face Assassination Threat
Several Lebanese figures are targets of possible liquidations, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Thursday.
A widely informed western diplomatic source told the daily that at least 18 Lebanese officials are being monitored, urging them to take the greatest precautions to protect themselves.
It explained that these figures not only include prominent officials, but others that do not enjoy as much influence and media exposure.
He said that the targets include Lebanese Forces
A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb...
leader Samir Geagea
... Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005 ...
, head of the Mustaqbal
... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri...
parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Saniora, former Defense Minister Elias al-Murr, Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi, MP Butros Harb and a number of Mustaqbal politicians, most notably the Sunni ones and former MP Fares Soaid.
In addition, said the source, every potential presidential candidate from the March 14 camp who enjoys strong popular support is also an liquidation target.
The source revealed that it had relayed this information to one of Leb's politicians, requesting that it in turn be relayed to the potential targets in order for them to take the necessary precautions.
It warned that the assassins may resort to new murder techniques that had not been adopted before, such as booby-trapping an elevator as had happened in the failed liquidation attempt against Harb in July.
Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan was killed in a car boom on Friday, raising fears that the phase of liquidations in Leb had returned.
The March 14-led opposition and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid
... Druze politician, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, who's been on every side in Leb at least four times. He'll sell you his friends for a dollar, but family comes higher because of shipping and handling...
blamed Syria for Hasan's crime.
Geagea was the victim of a failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
on his life in April and Murr was the victim of a failed attempt in July 2005.
Posted by: Fred