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Dar al-Fatwa to Sue Aoun for ‘Inciting Strife,’ Advises him to Treat Himself

Dar al-Fatwa is planning to sue Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun for libel and defamation after he allegedly described members of the Sunni sect as “terrorists.”

Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani blasted the lawmaker on Wednesday, saying: “Let Aoun know that doing harm to any sect, means harming all sects in Lebanon.”

Secretary-General of the Higher Islamic Council Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in remarks published Thursday that Aoun’s stances “are hostile to Islam and Arabism.”

He accused the FPM chief of becoming an Iranian agent although he expressed belief that his “guardians” reject his stances and consider the Arab-Iranian cooperation as the basis of stability in the region.

“Dar al-Fatwa has tasked several lawyers to prepare a legal file and file a lawsuit against Aoun for inciting sectarian strife among the Lebanese,” Oraymet said.

He added that the lawmaker would also be sued for “libel and defamation” after he was quoted as saying in several WikiLeaks cables that “the Maronite-Shiite alliance is the only means to confront the local and external Sunni threat.”

According to WikiLeaks, Aoun has also said that Sunnis are “terrorists.”

The FPM chief is suffering from the “Hariri complex,” Oraymet told Asharq al-Awsat about Aoun’s dispute with Caretaker Premier Saad Hariri, advising him to “treat himself.”

The Hariri family “has worked and is working on building an Arab independent Lebanon while Aoun wants Lebanon (to become) an Iranian protectorate,” he added.


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