Report: Al-Shaar Left Beirut to Avoid Interpol Arrest Warrants

إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية W460

Syrian Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar, who was wounded in a bombing and was brought to Beirut for treatment a week ago, flew home after Lebanese authorities received information that international arrest warrants could be issued against him, a top security official said.

Al-Shaar left to Damascus on a private jet, officials at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport said Tuesday.

He was wounded in a deadly attack on December 12 on the Syrian interior ministry in Damascus. The attack was claimed the next day by the jihadist al-Nusra Front.

The security official told The Associated Press that al-Shaar was rushed out of Beirut after Lebanese authorities received information that Interpol would issue warrants against him because of his role in the deadly crackdown against protesters in Syria.

Over the past week, some Lebanese officials and individuals had also called for al-Shaar's arrest for his role in a bloody 1986 assault in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Lebanese lawyer Tareq Shandab told Free Lebanon radio on Wednesday that the Lebanese judiciary allowed al-Shaar to flee despite a request he had made to prevent his departure.

The attorney had filed a lawsuit against the Syrian minister for ordering the Tripoli killings.

In the 1980s, al-Shaar was a top intelligence official in northern Lebanon when Syrian troops stormed Tripoli and crushed a Sunni group that supported Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat.

Hundreds of people were killed in the battles, and since then, many in northern Lebanon have referred to al-Shaar as "the butcher of Tripoli."

"Lebanese officials contacted Syrian authorities, and that sped up his departure," said the security official, adding that a Lebanese medical team is expected to go to Damascus to continue al-Shaar's treatment there.

"If such arrest warrants are issued, Lebanese judicial authorities will have to arrest him, and this could be an embarrassment for the country."

Comments 6
Missing samiam 27 December 2012, 09:18

As usual, spies for the criminal regime gave someone a head's and he got out of here. Probably the work of HA again.

Missing phillipo 27 December 2012, 10:36

The person who informed him should be arrested and charged with "averting the course of justice".

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 27 December 2012, 20:29

He's only delaying the inevitable. He will be hanged!

Thumb kanaandian 27 December 2012, 22:30

they almost got him twice...that leads me to speculate assad is trying to terminate him.

Missing bigjohn 28 December 2012, 00:16

Henry kissenger avoids going to some European countries fearing he will be arrested for war crimes. There is also arrest warrants for Israeli generals in Europe, which is why they do not go to these countries. Instead, they go to America because the US never signed any International agreements forcing it to arrest persons. It depends on the country. I do not believe Lebanese government agreed to to these kinds of laws.

In the 80's, the Tawheed Islami massacred communist party members in Mina, Tripoli. The Communists retaliated and executed the armed Tawheed members 18 months later after they gave themselves up to the Syrian troops (it was not the Syrian troops who executed them and they were not hundreds)

In the last 6 months the Islamist opposition have committed more war crimes than the Syrian regime. So where is the outrage against the Islamist rebels?

Missing bigjohn 28 December 2012, 00:27

There is no law that forces the Lebanese government to arrest a member of the Syrian regime. So much stupid "reports" are written in Nahaenet.