Suleiman Asks Govt. Not to Provide Cover for Criminals, Urges Speedy Indictments in Samaha, Nahr al-Bared Cases

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President Michel Suleiman on Sunday stressed that the government “must not provide cover for perpetrators and criminals” and called for “speeding up the indictments” in the cases of ex-minister Michel Samaha and the Nahr al-Bared clashes, in a speech eulogizing slain Maj. Gen. Wissam a-Hasan, chief of the Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau.

“I cannot but express my deep feelings of grief and pain over the martyrs, topped by Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan and Chief Warrant Officer Ahmed Suhyooni, and I extend my warmest condolences to the families of the martyrs, their comrades, the minister of interior, the prime minister and everyone who loved the martyrs,” said Suleiman at the ISF headquarters in Ashrafiyeh.

Prime Minister Najib Miqati also attended the honoring ceremony.

“I see that this institution is being punished by the assassination of its chief, the martyr Major General, as the Intelligence Bureau has managed under his leadership to unveil the networks of espionage and terrorism and to foil harm and a major strife by seizing the explosives” that were transported by ex-minister Samaha from Syria to Lebanon, added Suleiman.

The president, who awarded al-Hasan the National Order of the Cedar in Grade of Grand Officer, said the slain general “managed to thwart the conspiracy and prevent it through his soul and blood.”

“This assassination is targeted against the Lebanese state and the martyrdom requires us to close ranks and cooperate at the level of citizens and the institutions, especially the political and security institutions. The judiciary and the security agencies cannot perform their duties without the support of the political authority,” Suleiman added.

“I call on security authorities to be firm and strict, as they enjoy the people's support, and I call on politicians, the government and the political officials not to provide cover for the perpetrators. Make security forces and judges feel that they have real support and this is out duty,” he went on to say.

“Enough! Unveil the crimes, starting with the assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri and the rest of the figures,” Suleiman asked the authorities, calling on the judiciary to “speed up the indictments in the cases of Michel Samaha and Nahr al-Bared.”

Comments 14
Thumb primesuspect 21 October 2012, 16:01

Viva el president Soleiman.

Today is a sad day for all of us. May god help the investigators identify which Hizballah operative identified Wissam el Hassan at the airport and had him followed to his achrafief hideout.

Default-user-icon Stormattos (Guest) 21 October 2012, 17:04

In a country that respects itself, Suleiman, Miqati, Rifi and all those at the head of the security institutions should have resigned. By the way, we want Geagea, the biggest collaborator with the Syrians at the height of their occupation, for BREZIDENT.

Missing helicopter 21 October 2012, 18:13

Even national tragedies does not deter some like you from being a smart ass.

Default-user-icon neyekimflamethrower (Guest) 21 October 2012, 19:03

flamethrower eat poop and die... i know its you from the vocabulary.

Missing postscenium 22 October 2012, 05:48

Geagea the biggest collaborator with the Syrians?
I mean i don't like the guy much - but really? is that what you really think?

Default-user-icon Trieself (Guest) 21 October 2012, 17:48

This is the first time I see a president of Lebanon speaking sense. Suliaman is spot on when he says that the perpetrators like Samaha should be speedily indicted and put behind bars. Only by applying the upper hand of the law can we become a nation of substance. but, who is the one or part that killed Al-Hassan? This is something that should be uncovered. Until then, no justice would be santioned if the perpetrators no matter how high they are are not put behind bars.

Missing youssefhaddad 21 October 2012, 19:16

Suleiman, for a change, did not give a generic speech but stated the clear truth.
How much power does he have to follow up on his promise for justice? The investigation will lead to suspects, will the government be able to apprehend the culprits?
How many more assassinations or innocents should die for Lebanon to become a true nation?

Thumb shab 21 October 2012, 19:35

They were giving out sweets in Dahyie !

Missing postscenium 22 October 2012, 05:49

eh akid - wait... joy or sorrow haha...

Missing realist 21 October 2012, 19:38

News falsh Mr. President, investigators already accused 4 suspects from hizbustan in the murder of hariri. Terrorsit hizbustan can still kill and will kill with impunity. It is time for lebanese to rebel against hizbustan.

Default-user-icon sou2al (Guest) 21 October 2012, 20:32

why doesn't moukawama attack israel who killed wissam hassan. they should stop them.

Missing cedars 22 October 2012, 01:25

Why the gay FT is not making comments here about the President of the state telling the world that Samaha or his Pro Aounist was the real gay igniting Hassan's bomb.
Three great men from the Lebanese security forces have been killed so far, Hajj(Nahr-EL-Bared is a redline:By Houssana), Wissam Eid and Wissam al Hassan.

Thumb whyaskwhy 22 October 2012, 10:52

President Lion Heart gives out another posthumous medal. That should be a great comfort for Wissams family… the nation will continue to suffer and we will simply move on to the next victim who will undoubtedly also receive a lot of sympathy from most Lebanese with the rest digging their heads deeper into the sand and blaming Israel. Bravo Mr. President for doing precious little in tradition with your predecessors….meanwhile I also hope that the Syrian Ambassador is invited to diner soon.

Default-user-icon georges khoury (Guest) 22 October 2012, 18:30