Lawyer Salameh Says to Confine Syria Lawsuit to Saqr

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Lebanese lawyer Rashad Salameh said on Friday that he will limit the Syrian lawsuit against those who are allegedly involved in arming the Syrian opposition to al-Mustaqbal lawmaker Oqab Saqr only if he was proven guilty in the case.

Salameh, who was appointed on Syria's behalf, said in comments published in the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat that “the parliament has to lift Saqr's immunity as he will not surpass the decision undertaken by it concerning the case.”

“I don't see there's a reason to expand prosecution to include others as the final decision relies on the Lebanese judiciary that can either choose to keep the case dormant or carry out the necessary investigations,” Salameh pointed out.

The lawyer stressed that he is waiting for the stance of General Prosecutor Judge Hatem Madi, who requested the recordings of interviews and a press conference conducted by Saqr in recent weeks and tasked the Central Criminal Investigations Bureau with examining audio recordings implicating him in the transfer of arms to Syria.

“I know my limits... If I filed a lawsuit it will be restricted to MP Saqr... I will not file a lawsuit against former PM Saad Hairi no matter what, even if his name was in the recordings I will remove it,” Salameh told al-Hayat.

OTV and al-Akhbar newspaper recently revealed that Saqr had been carrying out arms deals with Syrian opposition members, with the television station airing leaked recordings of conversations between the lawmaker and Meqdad.

The lawmaker accused OTV and al-Akhbar of tampering with the audiotapes, adding that he will file a lawsuit against them.

According to An Nahar newspaper, Salameh will file the lawsuit against Saqr on Friday or by Monday maximum, depending on the preparations of the necessary documents.

Media reports said on Thursday that the Interpol will not deal with the Syrian arrest warrants against Hariri, Saqr and Free Syrian Army member Louay al-Meqdad in line with its constitution and rules.

The move comes in light of requests by the Lebanese judiciary to question Syrian security chief Ali Mamlouk, a colonel identified only as Adnan as suspects in the case of former Minister Michel Samaha and Buthaina Shaaban, Assad's media adviser, to be questioned as a witness in the case. An Nahar also reported that the lawyer is expected to defend Mamlouk and Colonel Adnan, who have been summoned by Lebanese judiciary for questioning on January 14, 2013.

On Monday, State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr completed his assessment of the Samaha case, requesting that the investigation expand to include the questioning of Mamlouk, Colonel Adnan, and Shaaban.

He had requested that Mamlouk and Colonel Adnan be summoned as suspects in the case and that Shaaban be addressed as a witness.

Samaha was arrested in August on charges of forming a criminal gang aimed at carrying out terrorist attacks in Lebanon at Syria's behest.

Comments 33
Thumb geha 14 December 2012, 08:41

traitor

Thumb benzona 14 December 2012, 08:47

Lebanon has loads of traitors like him.

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:39

yes you are

Thumb Bandoul 14 December 2012, 20:09

Oh look, the filthy Iranian revolutionary guard wannabe terrorist just got out of prison after a long absence due to incarceration and is gracing us with his steaming pile of buffalo chips.

Thumb benzona 15 December 2012, 05:50

Bandoul, He stole a BMW and drove it around 'till one of the Mekdads gave him up fin order to get a reduced sentence for the terrorist activities.

Thumb jcamerican 14 December 2012, 11:39

He is a lawyer. He would defend Satan as long he is getting paid. Lawyers would do the same thing in any country. Why is this one a traitor?

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:39

because he's not zionist?

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:39

that's why you are called idiot by your entire neighbourhood

Thumb freelebanon 14 December 2012, 21:17

That statement isnt corrrect. I cant think of any other place on earth where a lawyer who is a citizen of one country would WILLINGLY defend someone from another country who is suspected of wanting to commits acts against said lawyers country

Thumb benzona 15 December 2012, 05:52

True, look at the STL, there are several HA attorneys, yet they aren't terrorists.

Missing lappeaudecouille 14 December 2012, 11:41

Has the General Prosecutor Hatem Madi received the audio recordings. It's been a while and we still haven't heard anything. These recordings should be analyzed meticulously as they will reveal the truth behind this entire story. I've listened to the 3 part OTV recordings and i noticed inconsistencies and then i took my time to listen to Saqr's entire press conference and also noticed a few glitches. I am not an expert but i can tell if Saqr is cleared from all accusations by the court of law,OTV will be swimming in a pool of lawsuits for a long time to come.

Missing peace 14 December 2012, 12:18

again mowaten you base all your accusations on alakhbar known to be close to hezbis.... i thought you were more objective than that!

Missing peace 14 December 2012, 12:20

i don t see why you are so offuscated by this case? helping freedom fighters, where is the problem? :)

Thumb the_roar 14 December 2012, 12:38

peace said."helping freedom fighters, where is the problem?"
No problem , you can help by going there yourself if you like.
The point Mowaten makes is simple. STOP LYING.

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:41

the filthy zionist scum think that there are fighter that will free them from syria/lebanese rockets and fighters.

just keep hallucinating

Missing peace 14 December 2012, 18:03

i am just repeating what your ally hamas says.... :) !!!!!!

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:40

yes keep hallucinating while about saqr not guilty

Missing lappeaudecouille 14 December 2012, 12:38

My Question is the following: If both sides claim to have all recordings why don't they just present them to the General Prosecutor Hatem Madi and why did OTV just release bits and pieces of the actual recordings because you can clearly tell that there are hours and hours of prolonged phone conversations. I know that for a televised audience they cannot but release parts of the recordings but it should be available for the general public to listen to. Sakr claims that he gave all reporters present at the conference cds of all recordings. Why haven't any of them written or published anything about these actual recordings. Why haven't any of the them sent them to a lab for further analysis. A follow up is what keeps breaking news interesting.I doubt Sakr gave everything to the reporters and i also doubt the authenticity of the first tapes released by OTV. Both sides seem to be hiding clues we are looking for.

Thumb shab 14 December 2012, 14:05

Why spare Hariri ? The whole story is fishy. Media pop. Nothing will come out of it other than more hate.

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:43

the filthy zionist scum tries to scare lebanese with "more hate" idea.

no worry we hate you more than each other

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:44

the filthy zionist scum repeats "when assad is gone" hallucination

Missing lappeaudecouille 14 December 2012, 14:21

Unfortunately our judges drop such cases because they fear for their lives.

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:44

no worry this one won't be dropped

Default-user-icon pharma (Guest) 14 December 2012, 14:40

Hey Rashad, chill out dude, talk to your other client Abdul Latif Fneish he can hook you up with great meds at a good price they'll take the edge off and get you thinking starlight again.

Missing beirutbastard00 14 December 2012, 14:41

Mob lawyer. He'll b tried for corruption.

Thumb Bandoul 14 December 2012, 20:07

Oh look, the filthy Iranian revolutionary guard wannabe terrorist just got out of prison after a long absence due to incarceration and is gracing us with his steaming pile of buffalo chips.

Missing beirutbastard00 14 December 2012, 14:44

@mowaten... Wow I had no idea! Y the hell don't we have a running train then?! Wtf :s this would b so helpful for us. :(

Default-user-icon LebExile (Guest) 14 December 2012, 17:52

rather than a bridge over the water which will ruin the entire coastline, can build a tunnel, subway, with statiions in all coastal cities, and some in between. May not be the cheapest option, but certainly the most aesthetic.

Missing peace 14 December 2012, 18:09

hariri wanted to revive the railway system but all MPs including those from his camp refused because it would have ruined their businesses....!
you can even find reports on the feasability and cost of the project...just check out

Thumb freelebanon 14 December 2012, 21:23

That would be beautiful to see that happen in our country

Thumb jabalamel 14 December 2012, 16:41

the filthy zionist hallucinate about dying syrian regime and other things unworthy of commenting

Missing peace 14 December 2012, 18:05

tell us what crime did sakr commit? isn t hezbis helping syria too? that is not a crime but sakr helping rebels is?
but then again there are the good ones - those with M8 and the bad ones -those against them ! binary thinking for binary minds....
what twisted logic do you M8ers have!!!!

Missing peace 15 December 2012, 01:26

lol mowaten! how could there be "crimes" for hezbis as they are helping those your gvt work for! they are covered by your friends and their arsenal! lol so naive mowaten...

tell us why is it good that hezbi side with the shabbiha and bad when one is helping rebels? lol the exact same thing!!!!