Sayyed Looking for Court to Sue Lebanese State

Former head of Lebanon's General Security Directorate Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed is looking for a human rights court to sue the Lebanese State.

Sayyed, who is currently in Paris, said in an interview published Wednesday by Al-Akhbar newspaper that he and a team of advisers were "rummaging around for a human rights court eligible to sue the Lebanese State."

Al-Akhbar said the World Council for Human Rights of 2007 which finds that the "arrest of officers was in breach of Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights" was signed by Lebanon and demanded for the "restoration of political and Judicial rights and an immediate solution to the officers' status."

Sayyed stressed that he does not want to "open any battle," stressing, on the other hand, that he cannot stand idle and not mention a response made by former PM Fouad Saniora back then in which he distorted facts and held the arrest to be justified according to witnesses.

"This is what made me press charges against Saniora and State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza."

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