The insulting remarks made by the head of the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers Beshara al-Asmar about late patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir sparked wide nation condemnation calling for his detention.
“Asmar was summoned for interrogation for insulting Patriarch Sfeir,” according to LBCI TV station on Saturday quoting unnamed sources.
Justice Minister Albert Serhan said “the Central Criminal Investigation Department was instructed to initiate investigations to build on the matter.”
Serhan denounced the insulting remarks against a “great national and religious establishment, such as the late Maronite Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir.”
A video went viral on social media on Friday showing Asmar mocking Sfeir shortly before a televised press conference began.
Asmar was unaware his microphone was on before the conference.
Several deputies, the Progressive Socialist Party, al-Mustaqbal Movement, the Maronite League and many others condemned Asmar’s remarks demanding that he would be removed from his post and detained.
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