Handing of Telecom Data in Harb’s Attempted-Murder Probe Falls Shortإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Opposition MP Butros Harb confirmed Saturday that Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui informed him that the security agencies were delivered the so-called telecom data in the investigation into the assassination attempt against him.
In remarks to An Nahar daily, Harb described as an “achievement” the handing over of the data although security forces said the information was incomplete over the failure of delivering the security agencies what is known as the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI).
A three-member judicial committee agreed to hand over the data within a small geographic framework, the sources said.
Sehnaoui’s sources in their turn told An Nahar that the telecom minister had promised Harb to hand over the data within the rules and regulations set by the judicial authority.
The sources blamed the committee for refusing to give the all data to the security agencies in other incidents involving attacks on Lebanese personalities.
The March 14 opposition coalition has held the government responsible for the assassination bid on Harb for withholding the telecom data to uncover similar plots.
Harb was the target of a murder attempt on Thursday after residents of a building in which his office is located in the Beirut district of Badaro discovered individuals trying to booby-trap the elevator.
The lawmaker gave security and judicial authorities a 48-hour deadline to uncover the circumstances of the attempt on his life. He is scheduled to hold a press conference on Monday to discuss the incident.
Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi visited Harb at his residence in Hazmieh on Saturday to inform him about the latest developments in the probe.