Imad Othman Succeeds Hasan as ISF Intelligence Bureau Head


Colonel Imad Othman succeeded Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan as the head of the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau.

Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi appointed on Sunday night Othman after tackling the matter with Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.

Othman worked with Hasan, who was assassinated on Friday, during the tenure of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005.

He also was the head of the Grand Serail police forces during the tenure of former PM Saad Hariri before his cabinet was toppled in 2011.

Hasan, killed in a massive car bomb on Friday along with two other people in Ashrafiyeh, had himself returned to Lebanon the previous day.

Under Hasan, the ISF played a central role in the August arrest of Lebanon's former information minister Michel Samaha, who has close links to Damascus. He was charged with planning attacks to spark sectarian strife in Lebanon.

The agency was also deeply involved in seeking the arrest of those responsible for a host of attacks and assassinations between 2005 and 2008, starting with the Hariri assassination, for which Hasan blamed Damascus.

In October 2010, the Syrian courts issued arrest warrants against 33 Lebanese figures, including Hasan, for perjury in the case of the Hariri assassination.

Comments 4
Default-user-icon Avenging Angel (Guest) 22 October 2012, 11:54

Best wishes to the new man at the helm of the force... May God safeguard him from his numerous enemies in Beirut and we all know the bastards... The legion of Judas... the traitors and turncoats...

Missing allouchi 22 October 2012, 15:17

Good luck and keep us safe.

Thumb andre.jabbour 22 October 2012, 15:20

Bonne chance Colonel.

Default-user-icon Bomme Vreet (Guest) 22 October 2012, 19:06

Wow! Imad Othman? Now this is one dude who will definitely outperform al-Hassan (may his soul rest in peace) by uncovering one other "would-be" if-dumb-enough-to-fall-into-a-trap-a-la-Michel-Retarded-Samaha assassin!!! What innumerable achievements, March 14! Wouldn't you say so? Let me start by naming, as I recall, the would-be (or actual) assassins caught by the greate one: Michel Samaha, Mkhayel Smeha, Micho Semaha, Mashmoush Sameha, Michael Smiha.... You get the idea of what great men have done and shall continue doing!