Mashnouq Says Itani Innocent as al-Hajj Questioned over 'Fabricating' Case

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Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced Friday that detained comedian Ziad Itani is “innocent,” as reports said a former Internal Security Forces officer is being interrogated over “fabricating” the case of spying for Israel.

“All Lebanese apologize to Ziad Itani. Innocence is not enough. Pride in him and his patriotism is the only firm truth,” Mashnouq tweeted, slamming those who allegedly framed Itani as “spiteful, foolish and sectarian.”

He also described Itani as an “honorable” man who “has never abandoned his Arab and Beiruti identity for a single day.”

TV networks meanwhile reported that the ISF Intelligence Branch is interrogating Lt. Col. Suzanne al-Hajj over “fabricating the case against Ziad Itani.”

Al-Hajj had been fired in 2017 over liking a tweet posted by controversial director Charbel Khalil. Khalil’s tweet was deemed insulting to Saudi women.

Itani had posted a screenshot of al-Hajj’s like.

According to MTV, al-Hajj hired a hacker who “created fake accounts to fabricate the case against Ziad Itani.”

“Investigations will intensify and will target all those involved,” the TV network added.

Investigative Judge Peter Germanos had in November 2017 charged Itani with collaboration with Israel and the possession of narcotics.

The State Security agency had arrested Itani the same month on charges of collaborating with Israel and gathering information on political figures.

Itani was detained "after several months of monitoring, follow-up and investigations within and outside" Lebanon, State Security said in a statement at the time.

It said Itani confessed to having been "tasked to monitor a group of high-level political figures" and their associates.

Itani had shot to prominence in recent years because of a series of comedy plays on Beirut, its customs and the transformations it has undergone in recent decades.

The works -- particularly "Beirut Tariq al-Jdideh", which refers to a majority-Sunni neighborhood of the city -- have been very well-received.

Before becoming an actor, Itani worked as a reporter with Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen television channel and with various regional newspapers.

Comments 15
Thumb whyaskwhy 02 March 2018, 23:13

Holly Molly this is better than the last season of Dallas!

Thumb s.o.s 03 March 2018, 00:39

What a pathetic nation. Ministers and ISF are incompetent. The poor guy has been rotting in jail because of this government of crooks. The way they dealth with Suzanne Hajj disgusting, we knew that they wanted to give her position to one of their friends, but then she proved she was like her bosses by framing mr Itani. tfeh on all of them. The Sunni community is again the victim of FPMers, but Mustaqbal won't do shit about it because Ned and Saad Hariri's interests come first.

Thumb liberty 03 March 2018, 02:50

Mashnouq tweeted, slamming those who allegedly framed Itani as “spiteful, foolish and sectarian.”

It said Itani confessed to having been "tasked to monitor a group of high-level political figures" and their associates.

Goes to show you what 'confessions' mean in this police state! This Al Hajj should be put in Roumieh with horny male inmates before she is executed.

Thumb warrior 03 March 2018, 04:27

There you have it : from confessions under torture, to misuse of power and abuse, to bankrupt politically motivated and influenced judiciary, the Lebanese citizen can rest assured justice is served in the iranian owned and controlled Lebanon.

غرّد وزير الداخلية نهاد المشنوق عبر "تويتر": "كل اللبنانيين يعتذرون من زياد عيتاني. البراءةُ ليست كافية. الفخرُ به وبوطنيته هو الحقيقةُ الثابتة والوحيدة. والويلُ للحاقدين، الأغبياء، الطائفيين، الذين لم يجدوا غير هذا الهدف الشريف، البيروتي الأصيل، العروبي الذي لم يتخلّ عن عروبته وبيروتيته يوماً واحداً".
https://www.annahar.com/article/766587-المشنوق-كل-اللبنانيين-يعتذرون-من-زياد-عيتاني

Thumb warrior 03 March 2018, 04:29

انكشاف فضيحة تزوير ملف عيتاني!
https://newspaper.annahar.com/article/766782-انكشاف-فضيحة-تزوير-ملف-عيتاني

التحقيق مع سوزان الحاج للاشتباه في تلفيقها تهمة التعامل مع إسرائيل لزياد عيتاني

بعد ساعات من انتقال التحقيق في قضية الممثل المسرحي زياد عيتاني الى "شعبة المعلومات"، تكشفت فصول فضائحية في مسار التحقيق السابق، اذ سارع وزير الداخلية نهاد المشنوق الى تهنئة عيتاني ببراءته، في خطوة لافتة تشكك في التحقيقات التي كان قد أجراها جهاز امن الدولة التابع لوصاية الوزير. وهي التحقيقات التي سربت منها اعترافات زياد بالتعامل مع اسرائيل وبوجود شخصية موسادية تدعى كوليت أوقعت به.

الرواية المتناقلة اليوم والتي تشهر براءة زياد تفيد بأن "جهة شغلت قراصنة لحسابها من اجل الايقاع بزياد وقامت باختراق حساباته، وان شخصية كوليت هي شخصية وهمية، وان اعترافات زياد جاءت نتيجة التعذيب الذي تعرض له".

https://www.annahar.com/article/766770-أ-ف-ب-توقيف-سوزان-الحاج-للاشتباه-في-تلفيقها-تهمة-التعامل-مع-إسرائيل-لزياد-عيتاني

Thumb warrior 03 March 2018, 04:38

The corrupt State Security just yesterday issued an official statement claiming the man was not tortured and that he confessed!

Suzan Al Hajj fabricated the whole story, coordinated the whole deal with her friends at the state security to distance herself from the matter and they framed an innocent man. The Military court/judge rubber stamped it:)!

وكانت المديريّة العامّة لأمن الدولة أصدرت بياناً أسفت فيه أنْ "تبلغ السجالات الإعلاميّة حداً متدنياً من المناقبيّات التي تُخالف ميثاق الشرف الإعلاميّ، وأن تروّج لتبرئة من ثَبُت عليهم جرم التواصل والتخابر مع العدوّ بهدف التطبيع، خصوصاً أن القانون اللبناني يُجّرّم العميل، ويحاسب من يتستّر عنه".

Thumb warrior 03 March 2018, 04:39

ولفتت المديرية الى أن "بعض الوسائل والمواقع الإلكترونية نشرت أخباراً مغلوطة عن توقيف المدعّى عليه زياد عيتاني بتاريخ 23/11/2017، وحاولت الأقلام المأجورة التشكيك بمصداقيّة التحقيقات التي أجرتها المديريّة مع الموقوف، قبل إحالته الى القضاء العسكري بتاريخ 28/11/2017"، مذكرة أن التحقيقات التي أُجريت مع عيتاني تمّت بإشراف القضاء، وبحضور مفوّض الحكومة لدى المحكمة العسكرية، الذي قام شخصياً بإستجوابه، قبل الإدّعاء عليه، إستناداً الى اعترافاته الموثّقة بالصوت والصورة".

وأكدت أنّ "المدعى عليه لم يتعرّض خلال التحقيق لأي نوع من التعذيب الجسدي أو النفسي، خلافاً لما يُشاع على لسان محاميه، لأن المديريّة لا تعتمد أساليب غير إنسانية للضغط على الموقوفين، وهي ملتزمة أخلاقياً وقانونياً بالبنود والأحكام التي تنصّ عليها الإتفاقات الدولية لحقوق الإنسان"، معتبرة أن "إثارة قضيّة عيتاني من جديد، في هذا التوقيت المتزامن مع إقتراب الإستحقاقات النيابية، هي خدمة كُبرى لإسرائيل يُسديها لها أطراف وجهات مشكوك بإنتمائها الوطني وبثقتهم بالمديريّات الأمنية".

Thumb warrior 03 March 2018, 04:39

I like this part:)))))

وشددت المديريّة على أنها تحتفظ بحقّها القانوني بالإدعاء على كلّ من تسوّل له نفسه تلفيق أخبار مغلوطة وموجّهة، أو نشرها في الوسائل الإعلامية ومواقع التواصل الإجتماعي، حول قضيّة عيتاني.

Thumb janoubi 03 March 2018, 07:04

yes, they have the nerve to sue anyone who according to them is making up fake news but it is just fine if they make up fake and false accusations against an innocent journalist.

Disgusting!

Thumb sevilla 03 March 2018, 04:50

مديرة مكتب مكافحة الجرائم المعلوماتية the director of the anti cyber crime unit is a criminal herself.

the irony!

Thumb janoubi 03 March 2018, 07:02

Ziad Itani's case is testimony to the countless innocent people who confessed under torture and/or were set up by the iranian security agencies of Lebanon.

The people must demand the immediate resignation and prosecution of the State Security Chief, the Military Court judge(s), the immediate arrest and conviction of the conniving pos Suzan Al Hajj, and anyone else involved in this scandal.

And they want us to trust their judiciary, their police and their security agencies! No wonder people laugh when they read statements by the General Security/State Security/Army Intelligence alleging a suspect 'CONFESSED' to whatever they want him to confess.

Thumb janoubi 03 March 2018, 07:10

"All Lebanese apologize to Ziad Itani" Mashnouq said.

No No and a thousand No's. The Lebanese have nothing to apologize for; It is you and your corrupt security agencies that must apologize and put on trial for betraying the trust that we put in you and for misusing your positions.

Filth!

Thumb barrymore 03 March 2018, 08:34

No surprise at all.
I had first hand knowledge how these crooks work. Our 50 year old Syrian 'natour' was beaten to pulp by the General Security and he also confessed to belonging to a terrorist organization. After appointing a shia lawyer (whose husband also happens to be a 3ameed in the army and recommended by them) and $30,000 later, our 'Natour' became a law abiding citizen.

This is the terror and police state that aoun is building.

Thumb i.report 03 March 2018, 13:16

It's an abomination. I'm so glad to be living thousands of Km away from this rotten country. Nothing good can come out of it until the criminal leaders who took part in the civil war are brought to Justice.

We can name them: Michel Aoun, Nabih Berri, Hassan Nasrallah, Walid Joumblatt and the others.

Thumb s.o.s 03 March 2018, 20:13

Justice FPM style: fabrications, manipulations, torture, in other words, it’s pretty Syrian too. Yes, Hafiz el Assad and Bashar proceed in a similar fashion.