Bassil: States Can’t Be Established by Encouraging Crime

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Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil voiced disdain on Friday over a general amnesty law that drew controversy at a legislative session the day before, saying that “criminals and terrorists must not be treated the same as Lebanese wishing to return back from Israel.”

“Basically, we believe that criminals must be punished and we reject the general amnesty law. We refused the proposed swap: criminals and terrorists must not be pardoned in exchange for the return of Lebanese from Israel,” said Bassil in a tweet.

He added: “The amnesty law for those fleeing to Israel was originally issued and only lacks the applied decree. Criminals with blood on their hands must not be allowed to return. No State can be built by encouraging crime.”

Parliamentary blocs are divided over what crimes should be pardoned and included in the controversial general amnesty law.

The law involves a pardon for Lebanese who fled to Israel after its withdrawal from the South in 2000, another for Islamists jailed over terror-related offenses and one for drug-related offenses that would benefit prisoners who hail from the Bekaa.

The country's three main Christian blocs including the FPM, Kataeb, and Lebanese Forces reject the legislation arguing it pardons inmates including those accused of killing soldiers and security members.

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Thumb eagledawn 29 May 2020, 10:59

libanaisresilient 13 hours ago
OMG another big step towards the Presidency! Long live Bassil! You're the Man!

Thumb eagledawn 29 May 2020, 10:59

libanaisresilient 23 minutes ago
You're the man!!! Keep it up!

Thumb eagledawn 29 May 2020, 11:00

"constantine 12 minutes ago
Allah yi7meek President Bassil"

Thumb eagledawn 29 May 2020, 11:00

"constantine 1 hour ago
Without the FPM at the helm there would be no Lebanon.
Lebanon would be a province of ISIS reporting to Riadh.
The reason why Minister Bassil is being subjected to harsh criticism by thieves and traitors to stop him from taking their riches and beating them in the national treasury."

Thumb eagledawn 29 May 2020, 11:00

constantine 7 hours ago
The voice of justice.

Thumb eagledawn 29 May 2020, 11:01

"the_roar:
Ladies and Gentlemen: Today you have just listened to the future president of Lebanon. Learn people, learn!"

Thumb eagledawn 29 May 2020, 11:02

"libanaisresilient 4 hours ago
Long live Bassil the future President of Lebanese republic!"

Thumb janoubi 29 May 2020, 11:05

"saying that “criminals and terrorists must not be treated the same as Lebanese wishing to return back from Israel.”

you are allied with terrorists, criminals, murderers, thieves and drug dealers! So wtf are you talking about?

Missing peace 29 May 2020, 16:01

"No State can be built by encouraging crime."
and isn't it a crime to throw people in jail with no trial? Even terrorists have the right to have a trial!

this issue is a purely sectarian issue and also to deflect people from the REAL problems Lebanon is facing!

pitiful irresponsible arrogant greedy inefficient lebanese politicians!!

Thumb justin 29 May 2020, 19:52

اعلنت جمعية Lebanese Anti Corruption Task Force
في بيان، انها ” تقدمت، ممثلة برئيسها المحامي لؤي غندور، بشكوى أمام النيابة العامة التمييزية مع اتخاذ صفة الادعاء الشخصي في وجه وزراء الطاقة السابقين: جبران باسيل، أرثيور نظاريان وسيزار أبي خليل، ومستشاري الوزيرين ندى البستاني وريمون غجر، وشركة كارادينيز التركية، بجرائم هدر المال العام والاختلاس واستغلال السلطة، تحقيقا للمصلحة الخاصة والإثراء غير المشروع والتزوير الجنائي وغيرها”.