Chartouni, Alam Sentenced to Death over Bashir Gemayel Assassination

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The Judicial Council, Lebanon's highest state security court, on Friday sentenced Habib Chartouni and Nabil al-Alam to death in absentia in the case of the 1982 assassination of President-elect Bashir Gemayel.

The Council also stripped Syrian Social National Party members Chartouni and Alam of their civil rights.

The in absentia trial had kicked off on November 25, 2016. During that session, the Judicial Council called on Chartouni -- who confessed to planting the bomb before escaping prison -- to turn himself in. It also decided to launch in absentia proceedings against the other suspect in the case, al-Alam, after media reports said he had died of illness in Brazil in 2014.

Protesters from the SSNP organized a demonstration outside the Justice Palace on Friday to demand the acquittal of Chartouni.

Supporters of Chartouni had called on the Lebanese state to consider Chartouni “a hero not a criminal.”

Gemayel was a senior member of the Kataeb Party and the supreme commander of the Lebanese Forces militia during the early years of the civil war.

He was elected president on August 23, 1982 while the country was torn by civil war and occupied by both Israel and Syria.

Gemayel was assassinated on September 14, 1982, along with 26 others, when a bomb exploded in Kataeb's headquarters in Ashrafieh.

Chartouni, a member of the SSNP, was later arrested in connection with the assassination. His sister was a resident of the apartment above the room Bachir was in. He had visited her the previous day and planted the bomb in her apartment.

The next day, he called her and told her to get out of the building. Once she was out, he detonated the bomb from a few kilometers away from the building.

Two days later Chartouni was arrested by the Lebanese Forces. At a press conference before being handed over to the Lebanese judiciary by the LF, he called Gemayel a traitor and accused him of “selling the country to Israel.”

He said he was given the explosives and the fancy long-range electronic detonator in West Beirut’s Ras Beirut district by Nabil al-Alam, who was reportedly SSNP's intelligence chief at the time.

Alam reportedly had close ties to the Syrian intelligence services and he swiftly fled to Syria after the assassination.

Chartouni spent eight years in Roumieh Prison without an official trial until he escaped on October 13, 1990 during the Syrian offensive to oust Michel Aoun from the Baabda Palace.

Comments 22
Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 17:33

What a joke, the SSNP should be disbanded and dismantled.

Thumb Mystic 20 October 2017, 19:13

SSNP saved the country, they resisted Israel, and took down collaborators.

Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 19:17

Yes the country known as syria. So famíliar for mites, their country too.

Thumb justin 20 October 2017, 21:29

flamethrower: who did the fpm ally themselves with in the last two parliamentary elections in Metn? Does the SSNP ring a bell?

Thumb chrisrushlau 20 October 2017, 18:31

I thought the "international tribunal for Lebanon" was in charge of this matter.

Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 19:18

Not true, you don't think. This word doesn't belong in your vocabulary moefan. You regurgitate what's been stuffed and spoon_fed with.

Thumb farsical.resistance 20 October 2017, 19:39

Please, for the sake of your own legitimacy, reads up a bit on Lebanon before posting here.

Thumb Mystic 20 October 2017, 19:12

You have been saying that for ages now, how about realizing that you have lost all along, Assad is still breathing and the Resistance are now stronger than ever before.

It was a pleasure watching your beloved moderate rebels scream for help in Syria.
Now the Kurds are being dropped into the trashcans aswell, look at the Hashd Al Shabi going into all those Pro American Kurd areas, now under the control of Iraq.

Thumb farsical.resistance 20 October 2017, 19:48

Mystic again officially securing his status as the Idiot on this forum. I wonder how long would the MOU between the Iranian Terrorist Militia in Lebanon and the FPM last if a high ranking Iranian terrorist calls Bashir a traitor.

Thumb Mystic 20 October 2017, 20:48

He was a traitor, so are you. And anyone that supports Israel against Lebanon.

Thumb justin 20 October 2017, 21:29

Mystic: you are in no position to issue certificates in patriotism.

Thumb Mystic 20 October 2017, 22:25

Israel remains an official enemy of Lebanon, we are at war with them.
So if you want to support Israel so bad, then get out of Naharnet and do something about it.

These verdics means as much as the Special Tribunal Lebanon which is zero.
SSNP is a strong party in both Lebanon and Syria, if Kataeb think they can get anyone executed, then clashes will start in the streets of Beirut.

Nobody wants that, not even Gemayel junior.

Thumb farsical.resistance 20 October 2017, 19:53

Chartouni was freed by the Syrian army in 1990. He was not prosecuted during Amine's presidency because Amine was in charge of less than a quarter of the country and the Syrian army and it's allies were threatening to bombard the trial. Same with the time when Michel Aoun was in charge.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 20 October 2017, 21:53


Thumb ado.qawmisuria 21 October 2017, 00:30

سوريا يا حبيبتي
أعدت لي كرامتي أعدت لي هويتي
سوريا يا حبيبتي
أعدت لي كرامتي أعدت لي هويتي

بالحرب والكفاح وشعلة الجراح
تنير درب ثورتي
يا يا يا يا حبيبتي

sing it with me

Thumb ado.qawmisuria 21 October 2017, 05:48

Syria my Syria

Thumb ado.qawmisuria 21 October 2017, 13:53

I feel like you alex except I've always been with the axes of resistance on all issues. Like this one:
In 1989 11 SSNP freedom fighters were arrested in Cyprus for plotting the assassination of Prime Minister Michel Aoun. The plan was to bring down a helicopter used by Aoun at Larnaca airport using a shoulder fired SAM-7 Surface-to-Air Missile.

Thumb blablablablabla 21 October 2017, 17:42

LOL at those that were on the side of LPO at that time and now just turned their vest and pants

seems they are just opportunists.

Real Lebanese applause their verdicts and the others takfirst, daeshits like SOS terrorists and wahabists will always loose

Thumb ado.qawmisuria 21 October 2017, 21:23

LOL that's so true blablab and Gearge Hawi was also on the side of the PLO when he was a patriot. His undoing was when he opposed president Assad's plan to gradually return the alleged Lebanese Republic to mother Syria, that's when he became a traitor and had to be executed.

Thumb justin 21 October 2017, 19:57

mowaten ya troll, i see you are using the word heretic:) I thought it offended you, lol.

Thumb s.o.s 21 October 2017, 22:34

Mowaten, please don't talk about things you know nothing of. Isseh isseh and m&c.

Thumb fadi_albeiruti 21 October 2017, 22:58

SSNP are like cockroaches , they just need to be exterminated.