Informer Who Reported Samaha Identified as Milad Kfouriإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A man whose real name is Milad Kfouri and who has used several aliases was behind reporting former minister Michel Samaha to the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch, LBCI television reported on Sunday, as Finance Minister Mohammed Safadi’s office clarified the circumstances of hiring Kfouri in 2005.
“Milad Kfouri is the central figure in this case and he was the one who informed against Samaha using his relations with some security agents,” LBCI said.
The TV network added that Kfouri has worked in the security field since years and that he “is fond of collecting information.”
“He built ties with several politicians with the aim of protecting them,” LBCI added.
Samaha was arrested on Thursday and has reportedly confessed to plotting bombings in the North at the behest of Syria’s security chief Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk.
“One of the relations Kfouri had established was with Samaha, who contacted him a while ago with the aim of implementing his bombings plot,” said LBCI.
“Kfouri was astonished, so he visited the Intelligence Branch which asked him to maintain his meetings with Samaha and equipped him with video and audio recording devices,” LBCI added.
The channel said Zuheir Nahhas is among the numerous aliases Kfouri goes by.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by Safadi’s office on Sunday clarified that the minister had hired Kfouri “in 2005, in the wake of the assassination of martyr premier Rafik Hariri and his companions, and at a time when most politicians were facing security threats that prompted them to hire guards from security companies.”
“Kfouri introduced himself as the owner of a security services company and he was hired accordingly,” the office added.
“He visited the office in the third week of July (2012) to inform us that he had decided to suspend his activities in the field of providing security services for reasons he did not wish to disclose, and thus his job ended at that point,” the office clarified.