Saqr Confirms Leaked Audio Recording on Arms Deal, Says Ready to Lift Off his Immunity

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Al-Mustaqbal MP Oqab Saqr admitted on Monday that the audio recording that was circulated in the media last week, during which he was carrying out a weapons delivery deal with the Syrian opposition, was true.

“Yes this is my voice, and these are my own words,” Saqr told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat.

He said that he is under the law and agrees to lift his parliamentary immunity if other “suspects,” who are involved in the developments in Syria, do the same.

“I am solely responsible for my acts... Let the jurisdiction carry out its tasks,” Saqr said.

The MP, in his most recent interview on Future TV on November 7, rigorously denied any involvement in arming the Syrian opposition, demanding his accusers “to sue him if they find any evidence proving his engagement is such activities.”

Saqr pointed out in comments published in Asharq al-Awsat that he will explain everything clearly “soon.”

“I will appear in a live broadcast and reveal everything I know,” Saqr told the newspaper.

Asked about the role of ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the issue, the MP said that the premier tasked him to only offer the Syrian people with all the necessary humanitarian, political and media support.

“The campaign targeting me right now is to blur, deform and distort this role,” Saqr stated.

Al-Akhbar newspaper unveiled last week a taped conversation between Saqr and Abou Nehman, a “leader in the armed Syrian opposition”, who were carrying out an arms deal.

"Please help us, we need weapons,” Abou Nehman told Saqr in the audio recording.

"Tell me exactly what do you want and the quantities,” Saqr answers.

Abou Nehman requests 300 RPGs, 250,000 Russian bullets and 300 guns among other things to be delivered to Aazaz, Tal Refaat and Aleppo's countryside.

The two men then agree to, “as usual,” hand the weapons to Syrian opposition members that go by the names of Abou Baraa and Abou al-Nour.

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Default-user-icon Horus (Guest) 03 December 2012, 09:24

Expell him from the Al-Mustaqbal !!

Thumb slash 03 December 2012, 10:16

What about the others ta ft and especially the ones you support if they spent half of the energy they are spending on stealing and covering for the others for lebanon wouldnt be great ? Forget about Assad he wont stay after what happened in syria for the last 2 years " opposition" is armed and even if he stays it wont be the same as it was before he has no power on all over the country and most importantly he lost the west iran wont save him :)

Thumb slash 03 December 2012, 11:26

la2 habibei first of all Hezb wasnt all the time a syrian ally to begin with , go check your facts , they fought syria and they lost alot of men ... when you talk about sell outs ... did you hear any of the M14 paying their alligeance to someone else than lebanon ? nope ... you ll go back to the huge poster on the virgin building , ok let us see all the pictures of Bashar, ahmedinajad in the hezb areas ... empty slogans? didnt FPM chant change and reform ? didnt they say that they were clean ? arent they covering for the ones entering merchandises to areas without paying taxes ? arent they covering for the ones responsible for the pharmaceutic scandal ? didnt they chant "amn w estekrar " and we got the mighty tsunami on a tuesday night saying that Hassan was responsible for his own security ... and you talk about empty promises ? man i came back after 3 weeks on this board and you are still the same crackhead as before ...

Thumb slash 03 December 2012, 11:26

yalla habibei we will see the elections next year and i hope it wont be from your side as it was for the electrical shuttles that we had to receive in the beginning of the summer and now they are bargaining again :)

Thumb benzona 03 December 2012, 15:07

Errare humanum est, this MP is decent. Let's judge him, and judge every person who supplied men and weapons in Syria except volunteers who seek revenge for the death of family members by the Syrian regime in Lebanon or Syria.

Missing peace 03 December 2012, 10:52

at least he has the honesty of saying it! not like some M8 people caught red handed and still deny everything lol!

Missing reformist 03 December 2012, 13:36

Ah eh chi tene! Now peace is saying it's fine if you kill but PLEASE BE HONEST AND SAY IT (only when you are caught!).
you are the smart peace, not me! ;)
Amen!

Missing peace 03 December 2012, 14:09

funny how people make you say what they only want to read, hilarious to see how they distort words just for the sake of their propaganda.... LOL!

Missing reformist 03 December 2012, 14:19

Ayya propaganda ya peace?
yeuh yeuh yeuh! Voila a copy paste, I just added the quotes hopefully this is not considered propaganda ;)
"at least he has the honesty of saying it!"
Lek when you support such acts there is no "at least" my son! At least in my world ;)

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 15:20

better than cheering for hizbocrap who won't even confess even having been caught red handed...

Missing reformist 03 December 2012, 16:09

mohammad_ca you are being weak like all others. Don't address the question at hand with another question completely out of context. We were just criticizing someone who thinks that this asshole is a good man because AT LEAST HE IS HONEST (after being caught hahahaha).
Point final. If you have a counter argument on the same, please share. We are a democracy!

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 16:25

ma howe even internationally renowned evidence msh m3ajbitkon ya ma3ez nasrocrap :)

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 19:32

weren't you the one who said "woof woof" below? hypocrite ;)

Missing peace 03 December 2012, 19:46

"what evidence has been given to see to the public? what evidence have you seen? "

of course mowaten! evidence is never released publicly before a trial! no wonder you won t find any! evidence is produced DURING the trial not before...
so that is why you believe that the STL is politicized because you don t know on what basis people are suspected and the hard evidence they have...

Missing peace 03 December 2012, 19:46

"what evidence has been given to see to the public? what evidence have you seen? "

of course mowaten! evidence is never released publicly before a trial! no wonder you won t find any! evidence is produced DURING the trial not before...
so that is why you believe that the STL is politicized because you don t know on what basis people are suspected and the hard evidence they have...

Missing mohammad_ca 04 December 2012, 00:33

"school buddy"? you went to school?

Missing reformist 04 December 2012, 08:13

Cheap insults as usual, they must all be slash brothers or cousins!
"Evidence is produced during the trial"? HAHAHAHAH
Evidence is PRESENTED during the trial, not fabricated during the trial!
Look around you, at all cases in the world. Evidences are shared, why wouldn't people share them if they are obvious?!! When someone kills someone else and a camera catches that killer, does the tribunal hide it??? When your friend sakr is caught dealing with weapons, would a tribunal wait to fabricate this evidence during the trial???
Ah yeah right we never went to schoool :)
This is the strongest argument you can have, all of you on this site! Great stuff indeed!
yeuh yeuuuuuuuuuuuh yeuh!

Thumb geha 03 December 2012, 11:05

guys, please let us not waste time on the comments of ft. he displays a serious sickness: bashar is going.
he cannot overcome that sickness, and does not know what to say anymore.
so please let him be to his ranting and do not reply to his wild dreams comments.

Missing peace 03 December 2012, 13:53

mowaten, it is clear that bashar is losing ground, just read about it... the americans are now trying to position themselves for the after bashar period after having denied that it was more than just a rebellion but a true revolution...
prepare your tissues for you ll weep very soon at the loss of your beloved baathist regime...

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 14:34

still listening to nasrocarp who is telling you that "nothing is going on in Syria and things are going normal like always?" ba2ar..

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 15:01

are you nascrocrap's puppy?

Missing peace 03 December 2012, 19:31

mowaten your friends always said that nothing was going on in syria just a few rebllions in remote cities, that it will be over by the following week and so on... bashar with his mighty army isn t able to crush rebels with light weapons! and you are mocking us? you should mock your M8 friends analysis! they thought that with his army bashar would stop violence in a few days! lol!

please mowaten be realist! by the way the spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs in syria just fled the country... end is near it seems....

Missing peace 03 December 2012, 19:54

what would you expect mowaten? people demonstrating shot like rabbits for weeks and you d expect them to stay still?
you thought that the rebels wouldn t find the help they needed anywhere? you believe that bashar by letting the situation rot it wouldn t come to that? of course extremists try to infiltrate and to take advantage of the situation, it always happen like that.
even americans didn t believe that it will turn that way and never lift their fingers to help the rebels!
but keep betting on bashar and you ll bite your fingers soon... i guess your M8 friends will dance and sing after his departure to thank him again for all the good he did....

Missing reformist 04 December 2012, 08:16

A agree geha! Better learn from peace :)
I will put his quote on my twitter account and also my email signature :
"of course mowaten! evidence is never released publicly before a trial! no wonder you won t find any! evidence is produced DURING the trial not before... "
We love F A C T S. Bring some and believe me we will all be by your side dear ;)
Why we don't trust the tsl? Look how the US invaded iraq and only then admitted that the mass destruction weapons was a 'fabricated excuse' ;)
so anybody with a brain would wait for FACTS before judging. Just like your best friend was caught (purpose of this article)

Thumb thepatriot 04 December 2012, 10:15

@mowaten
FT was refering to the "shiaa" in his post. This is why I called him sectarian. Now his post was deleted, but obviously you had not read it before you started lecturing me... how typical...

Thumb lebneneh 03 December 2012, 13:14

They (M14 and M8) are all a bunch of liers and they are playing their followers like blind sheep! I hope one day the Lebanese will wake up and realise that change is desperately needed and it starts by NOT voting in and of the existing politicians!!!!!

Thumb shab 03 December 2012, 13:42

I second that. We want new faces, politics and a secular civilized state

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 14:31

Supporting the Syrian revolution and overthrowing ASSad is the best thing that can happen to Lebanon. So, yes, he IS working for Lebanon.

Missing freemind 04 December 2012, 02:40

the only way anyone wld be working for Lebanon is by dissociating itself. any other way or involvement is prejudicial to the country, esp when you get so deeply involved.

Missing mohammad_ca 04 December 2012, 08:06

freemind that WOULD be true if ASSad regime had not been interfering in Lebanese affairs since 1975

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 14:32

you talk about salafis/wahhabis and accuse others of sectarianism...ghabi.

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 14:46

Anytime something has to do with sunnis you point out salafis/wahhabis BS so yes you are being sectarian baddak massassa?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 03 December 2012, 15:44

we are just sending all the weapons they sent into Lebanon back. both groups are a load of crap.. and again i reiterate my hope that President Michel Sulieman runs with his own bloc and trounce all the traitors that make up both m14 and m8.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 03 December 2012, 15:44

we are just sending all the weapons they sent into Lebanon back. both groups are a load of crap.. and again i reiterate my hope that President Michel Sulieman runs with his own bloc and trounce all the traitors that make up both m14 and m8.

Default-user-icon ayoub (Guest) 03 December 2012, 15:49

FartingTart he's a Shi3a and since HA came to the scene Shi3as are forbidden to put any of their energy working for Lebanon it's against their religion.

Thumb geha 03 December 2012, 16:12

what a bunch of crap coming out of you mowaten!
only the Lebanese armed forces should have arms, all the rest are illegal weapons held by militias.
so the flow f weapons both ways is not OK.

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 17:25

"pose a threat to Israel"? you forgot Beirut and the mountains apparently, ghabi.

Missing peace 03 December 2012, 19:47

"and HA is still the only threat to israel" and to lebanon don t forget to add that....

Thumb thepatriot 03 December 2012, 16:13

hahaha... boring says the unemplyed who feeds us with tens of repetitive comments evryday lol :)
You're sectarian! Deal with it!

Missing sikoflebanon 03 December 2012, 17:10

So no one asked how this conversation was recorded and how it was intercepted and who leaked it?
Msatil ya 3amme!!!
The telecom ministry is refusing to give the data to the Security agencies when it's about their allies killing and blowing cars in Lebanon, but is ready to leak data of their political opponents trading weapons!!!
And no one cares to look more into it????

Missing allouchi 03 December 2012, 17:27

God bless you you Sheikh Saad and Saqr. We need to send more weapons to the FSA and in the open...We hate Bashar All Assad...Mr. Saqr is a Shia mulim and he's hopefully visionaries like him will prevent retributions of the new Syria against it's revolution....M8 will pay dearly unfortunaltly...

Missing roy_sameha 04 December 2012, 19:18

allouchi, if you want to fight, go to syria and leave lebanon out of it. Go fight bashar otherwise be quiet.

Default-user-icon THamsi (Guest) 03 December 2012, 18:41

Isn't that the same guy who a few weeks ago denied providing weapons to the FSA? Isn't he the one who dared anyone to find eveidence linking him to providing weapons to the FSA? LOL what a joke!!!

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 19:29

so if i describe hizbocrap supporters as safawis then I am not being sectarian???

Missing mohammad_ca 03 December 2012, 20:09

so your comments on salafis and wahhabis are not sectarian but irrelevant and lame, gotcha...

Missing allouchi 03 December 2012, 20:46

true that

Missing whyaskwhy 04 December 2012, 06:26

So whats the difference here? Saqr admits to helping Syria and hizballah does not? Clown will be off his soap box for a while as there is nothing but bad news for his governement the one that was supposed to make a huge difference and turn things around for Lebanon. Syrias fight is not just for Syria but for Lebanon too so Saqr irrelevent of what side your on did we he beleives is right no different than Hizballah aiding Israel as you would call it.

Missing realist 04 December 2012, 10:49

Actualy it is good for the she3a community that saqr actively supports the Syrian revolution. This would give some light in the dark tunnel of hizbustan. Mowaten, basharak is going away.. get over it, and the unless something dramatic happens the she3a of lebanon are gona face dire consequences. In that regard saqr is actualy working for lebanon and for the she3as.

Missing realist 04 December 2012, 10:51

i like that you say by some "miracle" lol, that means you finaly accepted the reality. Aoun will go pay tributes to the rebels and so will most M8ers exept hizubstan who is stuck and will face destructive isolation. You are too young F.T im sorry, that you even do not know that the Syrian army did kick hizzie ass in beirut in the 80's and yes killed scores of their men. Watch how Aoun taba3ak will greet the Syrian rebels one day.

Missing allouchi 05 December 2012, 20:06

Nousrala???