Aoun on Samaha’s Case: Let the Judiciary Complete its Dutiesإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun hoped on Tuesday that the case of former minister Michel Samaha would not be exploited politically.
He said before reporters the Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting in Rabiyeh: “Let the judiciary perform its duties in the case.”
“I do not take media leaks in the case into consideration,” he remarked.
“The judiciary is the only judge in the case and it alone issues a verdict,” continued the MP.
Government deputy Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Sami Sader charged on Saturday ex-Information Minister Michel Samaha and Syrian security Chief Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk with forming a group to commit crimes in Lebanon.
The two were also charged with plotting to assassinate political and religious figures.
Media leaks had said that Samaha was working at Syrian orders to prepare explosives to be used in attacks in northern Lebanon.
Commenting on U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly’s warning that Aoun may be the victim of an assassination, the MP said that the ambassador has denied the report.
As Safir newspaper reported on Tuesday that Connelly had warned Aoun during a meeting some ten days ago that the U.S. Embassy had information that a “terrorist group was planning on assassinating him.”
As Safir said that Aoun had inquired about the identity of the terrorist group and Connelly revealed it to be Hizbullah.
MP Alain Aoun then addressed the reporters after Aoun’s remarks in order to tackle the parliamentary electoral law that was recently approved by the government.
As a member of the FPM delegation at the Bkirki meetings aimed at studying a new electoral law, the MP said that the talks had focused on proportional representation from the very beginning.
The gatherers had discussed the adoption of a law based on medium-sized districts and proportional representation, he explained.
He stressed that the March 14 position on the government-approved draft law contradicts the agreement it made at Bkirki.
The Christian members of the March 14 camp questioned the FPM’s agreement to new law, which calls for Lebanon’s division into 13 electoral districts, while the Bkirki meeting had agreed to 61 districts.
“The March 14 camp had committed to the medium-sized districts, but it changed its position after being pressured by its allies,” said MP Alain Aoun.
“We have performed our duties and we have shown the greatest possible commitment towards proportional representation and medium-sized electoral districts. They should meet us halfway because we have provided a practical proposal,” he added.
14 August 2012, 14:16
MP Alain Aoun: We have performed our duties and we have shown the greatest possible commitment towards proportional representation and medium-sized electoral districts. They should meet us halfway because we have provided a practical proposal.
14 August 2012, 14:15
MP Alain Aoun: They reneged on their agreement after being pressured by their allies.
14 August 2012, 14:09
MP Alain Aoun: The position that was announced does not reflect what was agreed at Bkirki.
14 August 2012, 14:09
MP Alain Aoun: All our talks focused on proportional representation since the first day of meetings. Our report to Bkirki spoke of medium-sized electoral districts and the adoption of proportional representation.
14 August 2012, 14:06
Aoun: MP Alain Aoun will now discuss the electoral law because he is part of the FPM delegation at the Bkirki meetings that were studying the best electoral law for the 2013 elections.
14 August 2012, 14:05
FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after Change and Reform bloc weekly meeting: We will wait until the case is presented before the judiciary and we will not take media reports into consideration.