Suleiman Requests Justice Ministry to Take Legal Action against Rifiإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The presidency announced on Monday that President Michel Suleiman had requested that the Justice Ministry take legal action against Internal Security Forces chief Major General Ashraf Rifi over his refusal to obey the orders of caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud.
On Thursday, Baroud had ordered Rifi to pull out ISF Intelligence Bureau personnel from the second floor of the building affiliated with the telecom ministry, where OGERO Telecom is in charge of the installations of the third mobile network donated by China to Lebanon according to a cabinet resolution.
Suleiman, Baroud, state prosecutor Saeed Mirza and caretaker Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar discussed at the Baabda Palace on Saturday “the judicial, legal and administrative measures pertaining to the implementation of the interior minister’s resolution on the withdrawal of the ISF personnel from the telecom ministry building” in al-Adliyeh district, according to An Nahar.
A dispute erupted last Thursday between caretaker Telecommunications Minister Charbel Nahhas and security forces at the building when the latter denied the minister entry to the second floor of the building where he was seeking to dismantle the third GSM network.
The ISF justified its action by saying that the deployment of security forces during the installation of such networks is part of routine procedure, adding that dismantling the network requires Cabinet’s approval.