Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Friday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of ordering the assassination of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, chief of the Intelligence Bureau of the Internal Security Forces, warning that “we must not accuse anyone in Lebanon because we would be implementing what Bashar wants."
"I openly accuse Bashar Assad and his regime of killing Wissam al-Hasan," Jumblat said.
“Bashar Assad does not care about material damage or loss of life in Lebanon and we must confront politically,” he told the Al-Jazeera satellite TV network.
In another interview with LBCI television, Jumblat said: “The crime bears the signature of Bashar and Bashar's gang and is aimed at taking revenge on one of the most prominent struggle figures in Lebanon.”
“It's a severe blow but we won't be scared,” Jumblat vowed.
The Druze leader warned that “it is important not to engage in internal confrontations so that we don't give Bashar the excuse.”
“He does not care as he is killing an entire population,” Jumblat noted.
He said there is a “Syrian intelligence apparatus” that still has its roots in Lebanon and “there is more than one Michel Samaha in the country.”
“The more we speed up the toppling of Bashar, the faster we would be providing stability for the Syrian and Lebanese peoples,” Jumblat added.
“Today, emotions are stronger than politics, but we must respond politically,” he went on to say.
The powerful car bomb rocked a street adjacent to Sassine Square in Ashrafiyeh, leaving Hasan and seven other people dead and 78 people wounded, in the first such attack in the Lebanese capital since 2008.
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