Baalbek-Hermel Candidate Arrested, Hizbullah Accused of Framing Him

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An anti-Hizbullah Shiite cleric was arrested Thursday by General Security on an outstanding arrest warrant, the National News Agency reported.

NNA said Sheikh Abbas al-Jawhari, a candidate running for a parliamentary seat in the Baalbek-Hermel district, was apprehended by General Security at its Beirut headquarters upon his filing of a passport application.

“General Security found out that he is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant over a drug-related offense, referring him to Mount Lebanon's public prosecution for interrogation,” the agency added.

General Security later issued a statement saying al-Jawhari was apprehended after arriving at its headquarters to carry out a transaction related to a domestic worker.

“It turned out that there is an outstanding arrest warrant against him carrying the number 86/869 and issued on February 12, 2018 by Mount Lebanon's examining magistrate over a drug-related offense. After consulting Mount Lebanon's public prosecution, it ordered the arrest of Sheikh al-Jawhari and demanded that he be referred to it,” General Security said.

“Accordingly, the cleric was referred to the aforementioned public prosecutor's office on the same date,” the security agency added.

Al-Jawhari's press office meanwhile issued a statement explaining its account of events.

“Around five years ago, a brother of incumbent MP Hussein al-Moussawi rented an apartment in Baalbek for eighth months... Sheikh Abbas al-Jawhari had rented the same apartment before Mr. Moussawi,” the press office said.

“After Mr. Moussawi's departure from the rental apartment, a quantity of Captagon was seized in it and both Mr. Moussawi and Sheikh Abbas al-Jawhari were subjected to an investigation. It turned out later that it was a malicious ploy by Hizbullah to frame Sheikh Abbas al-Jawhari and target him over his opposition to Hizbullah's fighting in Syria,” the office added.

“Sheikh al-Jawhari issued later a statement confirming his innocence and the fabricated ploy,” the office said.

It added that the cleric was arrested Thursday “under the alibi of the same file.”

“Hizbullah exerted pressure to oust Sheikh al-Jawhari from the race for the 2018 parliament because the cleric is the only Shiite who has the ability to clinch a seat from Hizbullah's list,” the press office alleged.

Comments 11
Thumb s.o.s 22 March 2018, 21:43

Will Hizbalot officials be arrested like the other FPM ‘framer’ ? No, because the terrorist organization is above the laws of the republic with the blessing of its puppet president and prime minister.

What will Mashnooq invent this time?

Thumb gebran_sons 23 March 2018, 13:50

It all goes back to a simple question: Is Lebanon being occupied by Hizbollah (Iran Guards' militia) as it was occupied by Assad? All those making deals with Hizbollah are making a Faustian deal sending Lebanon to the abyss and selling our democracy and prosperity for narrow and personal political profit. They are simply all traitors as there is no substitute for freedom, independence and justice. Hizbollah's rockets are not different from Iran's or North Korea's; and its so-called popular support is no different from all tyrant 99% support before their fall being Saddam or Kaddafi. The harm they are doing to Lebanon and the Shiaa community will take generations to fix. Cedar Revolution ideals will ultimately win and all traitors will face justice.

Thumb thepatriot 22 March 2018, 21:45

Ebola has the exclusivity, or rather the very vast majority of Captagon production... we know their modus operandi... of course that they framed this poor guy...

Thumb s.o.s 23 March 2018, 00:30

You were right the first time, they're the only ones to master the production of Captagon. Let's not be shy about it.

Thumb justice 22 March 2018, 21:49

Who would believe the shia general security would frame anybody?!!!!

Thumb liberty 23 March 2018, 03:17

Well, the answer to my questions is below:

أوقف الأمن العام الشيخ عباس الجوهري المرشّح للانتخابات النيابيّة والمعارض لـ”حزب الله”.

يذكر أنّ الشيخ عباس الجوهري المرشح عن المقعد الشيعي في بعلبك – الهرمل، قد استحصل على سجل عدلي في الرابع من الشهر الجاري (4 آذار 2018).

ولفتت المصادر لـ”الجنوبية” إلى أنّ الشيخ قد ترشح بموجب هذا السجل إلى الانتخابات النيابية.

Thumb liberty 23 March 2018, 09:29

If the incident dates back five years, why wasn't the man arrested then?
Why was he allowed to submit his candidacy for elections knowing that each candidate has to submit a clean judicial record?
Another show of brinksmanship by the hezbollah owned and operated General Security.

Thumb marcus 23 March 2018, 11:33

did he confess or not yet?

Missing un520 23 March 2018, 15:22

They haven`t received a new supply of electrical cables yet. Don`t worry, he will...

Thumb s.o.s 23 March 2018, 19:03

Abbaz_Ibrahim (always do the liaison) will make sure he confesses and signs his confession in no time.

Thumb justin 23 March 2018, 12:25

Banana Republic