Mustaqbal: Those Calling for Holding Saqr Accountable Must First Hold Hizbullah Accountable

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Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday said those calling for holding MP Oqab Saqr accountable over his role in aiding the Syrian opposition “must first hold accountable Hizbullah” over its role in aiding the regime, urging “the enthusiastic youths in Lebanon not to enter Syria to support any side militarily.”

"Those who are raising the issue of taking legal measures against MP Oqab Saqr and demanding that his parliamentary immunity be lifted must first hold accountable Hizbullah and its officials, especially its secretary-general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who has publicly and repeatedly spoken of Hizbullah's military role in Syria, where it is sending fighters and weapons and offering support, combat expertise and ammunition to the Syrian regime and its gangs,” the bloc said.

“There is no comparison between those who are standing by the executioner and those who are standing by the victim, between those who are supporting the murderer and the slaughterer and those who are offering support to the slaughtered Syrian people,” the bloc added in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

General Prosecutor Judge Hatem Madi tasked on Tuesday the Central Criminal Investigations Bureau with examining audio recordings implicating MP Saqr in the transfer of arms to Syria.

The state-run National News Agency said that Madi tasked the bureau with studying the audio recordings of Saqr to take the necessary decisions in light of the Lebanese regulations and the bilateral treaties with the Syrian government.

The MP admitted on Monday that a three-part series on recordings published in al-Akhbar newspaper were authentic. The taped conversations reveal that Saqr and Abou Nehman, a “leader in the armed Syrian opposition,” were carrying out a weapons deal.

Nasrallah has denied supporting the Syrian regime militarily, clarifying that several Hizbullah fighters have been killed while defending Lebanese-inhabited border towns inside Syria.

Hizbullah's leader has explained that there are 23 Syrian border towns and 12 farms that are inhabited by Lebanese residents of various religious beliefs, noting that around 30,000 Lebanese residents live in these towns.

Commenting on the recent killing of Lebanese Islamist fighters in the Syrian town of Tal Kalakh, al-Mustaqbal bloc described the incident as a "tragedy" and extended condolences to the families of the slain men.

The bloc called on "the enthusiastic youths in Lebanon not to enter Syria to support any side militarily, as the Syrian people do not need fighters but rather humanitarian and media support," noting that "Syria's men know their country better than anyone else."

"The first responsibility in this tragedy falls on the Lebanese government which – ever since the beginning of the revolution in Syria -- has ignored all stances, demands and appeals on the need to deploy the Lebanese army on Lebanon's northern and eastern borders in order to protect Lebanese sovereignty from the attacks of the Syrian regime's army and shabiha and to prevent infiltration from Lebanon into Syria and vice versa,” the bloc added.

It noted that the “second responsibility falls on Hizbullah and its secretary-general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who has openly declared that Hizbullah fighters were sent to fight alongside the Syrian regime's army inside Syria, which aggravated the state of tension many youths are living and gave them the excuse to act out of their enthusiasm to support the aggrieved in the face of the tyrant.”

Turning to President Michel Suleiman's call for national dialogue, the bloc said “Hizbullah blew up all the grounds for resuming dialogue through undermining the self-disassociation policy this government is claiming to have endorsed while it is implementing it in a selective way."

"Hizbullah's announcement that it is sending warriors to fight alongside the Syrian regime has deepened the crisis of confidence regarding the use of dialogue during this period, and therefore the resignation of the Lebanese government has become a necessary introduction to any step that can be taken to exit the dangerous dilemma created by the government on all levels,” the bloc added.

It said forming a neutral salvation government would give the country a positive opportunity to “move forward, confront the aggravating economic recession and financial deficit, contain the rising tensions and pave the ground for the upcoming parliamentary elections.”

Comments 13
Thumb jcamerican 04 December 2012, 20:20

It sounds like a broken record. Who is calling who a whore? There will be never accountability in Lebanon. M8 or M14, the only difference between them is six numbers.

Thumb primesuspect 04 December 2012, 22:17

M8, or at least some elements of M8 killed many Lebanese citizens on the 7th of May. Some elements invited Izrael to bomb our beautiful country by abducting a couple of soldiers inside Israel. Qatar and a bit Iran paid for the repairs, but who paid for the thousand lives lost? nobody.... The RAT, Hassan has to be held accountable, ISF should storm home by home a fetch this little terrorist and bring him to court. I'm not even mentioning the Hariri assassination...

Missing mohammad_ca 04 December 2012, 20:48

This makes sense, if hizbocrap won't be tried for fighting alongside ASSad why should Saqr be tried for helping the FSA?

Missing mohammad_ca 05 December 2012, 01:28

this still doesn't answer why hizbocrap shouldn't be tried for the same reasons...if hizbocrap is not tried no one should.

Missing mohammad_ca 05 December 2012, 16:54

FT, comparing Saqr to Smaha is just plain stupid, Saqr's actions are helping the FSA against ASSad, Smaha's actions were to setup terrorist bombings in Lebanon. Comparing Sakr's actions to hizbocrap is valid, yes, since each are supporting either side of Syria conflict. Either they both go on trial (hizbocrap and saqr) or neither goes on trial.

Thumb jadski 04 December 2012, 22:17

whats the big surprise ? im glad they are helping FSA ... balances the equation a bit . the faster the asad regime goes the better for ALL lebanese.

Missing mohammad_ca 05 December 2012, 02:36

Comparing Saqr to Smaha is just plain stupid. Samaha was getting weapons into Lebanon for terrorist attacks. Saqr was dealing with an army involved in a liberation war?

Missing helicopter 05 December 2012, 03:48

Yes jadski, as F.T. says ... hurry up finish drinking that beer before Syria becomes like Dahye, Sour, and most of Hezb land (dry counties).
I have hope that the Syrian moderates will be able to push aside the extremists amongst them and have establish a Government founded on Liberty and Justice for all its citizens....... there was no such how with the Assads in power

Default-user-icon Potach Bandoline (Guest) 04 December 2012, 23:41

I didn't know Mr. Oqab Hizbullah was also a member of the dishonorable Lebanese parliament! I thought only the other Oqab, i.e. Oqab Saqr was! Who knew? The more you listen to al-Mustaqbal al-Ta3ees the more you can tell that they... well... umm... duh... make no sense and that they consider themselves as... well... umm... duh... pathetically laughable? March 14, Lebanon First phonies balonies, Saqr is innocent and cheikh Saad al-Haribi Telteyn al-Marajil is a man of his word, not a liar of ballooning proportions.

Thumb LebDino 04 December 2012, 23:58

"There is no comparison between those who are standing by the executioner and those who are standing by the victim." That says it all. Wake-up and smell the hummos.

Default-user-icon Jokesonyou (Guest) 05 December 2012, 01:53

Saqr can't be tried. He's a saint.

Missing allouchi 05 December 2012, 14:39

DO you dare comparing Nousrala to your crazy AOun the idiot? Nousrala is not god, he's nothing except a scum bag thug with a black turban like his fate...

Missing allouchi 05 December 2012, 14:44

The Lebanese Sunnis will demand that Nousrala and his cronies be tried first...Mr. Saqr is a true patriotic Lebanese Shia...Hizb is just like Assad, a one party system...pathetic really...