Rifi Lashes Out at Bassil: ‘Don’t Think You’re Smart’
Firebrand Major General Ashraf Rifi, who served as justice minister and Internal Security Forces chief accused on Saturday the Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil of taking “Iranian” money as he “dared” him of lifting secrecy off his bank accounts.
In an interview with Liberal Lebanon radio, Rifi accused Bassil of “taking Iranian money for his own group from boxes labeled as Iranian Red Crescent,” he also challenged him “to lift the secrecy from his bank accounts.”
Rifi continued to lash out at Bassil saying “he will never be satisfied,” and that “he is going to destroy the (presidential) term (of his father-in-law President Michel Aoun) because of his corruption, racism and non-patriotism.”
On the presidential settlement that brought Aoun to the post of presidency, Rifi said “it was costly and would cost the country very much.”
On mended ties with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the former minister stated: “I did not change my political convictions, and I don't mind to meet with PM Hariri anywhere he chooses. The current phase requires restoration of hope to the public of March 14 camp because there is an appropriate regional atmosphere.”
Addressing Bassil again, Rifi said: “The Lebanese are not stupid and do not think you are smart. President Aoun has taken part of the Christians into Syria and Iran and the situation today is favorable for all of us to unite.”