Jreissati Replies to Mashnouq over Ziad Itani Case

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Justice Minister Salim Jreissati said on Saturday the “Lebanese people shall make apologizes to no one,” following remarks made by the interior minister asking Lebanese to apologize for “false” spy accusations made against Lebanese comedian Ziad Itani.

“The Lebanese shall make apologies to no one. It is not appropriate for any official to present electoral credentials by asking for such an apology. The declaration of innocence or conviction is the sole responsibility of the judiciary, which pronounces its verdicts alone,” Jreissati said in a tweet.

On Friday, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq declared Itani, detained on allegations of spying for Israel, “innocent” and said the Lebanese are to apologize.

“All Lebanese apologize to Ziad Itani. Innocence is not enough. Pride in him and his patriotism is the only firm truth,” Mashnouq tweeted.

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

Itani was arrested in November 2017 on charges of collaborating with Israel and gathering information on political figures.

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Comments 6
Thumb ex-fpm 03 March 2018, 11:28

Here comes the corrupt handler of suzan al hajj rushing to her defense.
You and your good for nothing judiciary should apologize, resign, and put on trial.

Thumb justice 03 March 2018, 12:26

"the judiciary, which pronounces its verdicts alone,” Jreissati said

the same judiciary that weighed in the fabricated accusations as evidence?

gtfo

Thumb i.report 03 March 2018, 13:09

racaille = Jreissati

Thumb s.o.s 03 March 2018, 15:11

This unfit for the job minister should know that as a minister of justice, he isn’t allowed to comment ongoing investigations and trials. Here’s another prime example of FPM amateur and crooked management.
The only way to solve our problems is by rising up against them, and putting a bullet in between their eyes , or ears for the matter.

Thumb s.o.s 03 March 2018, 15:28

Don’t worry Suzy, by FPM standards you’ll get promoted to the rank of major general pretty soon.

Thumb i.report 03 March 2018, 17:51

I agree with Abbas, if she runs away for like 16 years , she can become president when she returns. But she has to become a political refugee in France and steal a lot of money. Michel Aoun has done, so nothing prevents her from doing it as well.