General Prosecutor Tasks Criminal Investigation to Question Rifaat Eid over his Statements

General Prosecutor Samir Hammoud tasked on Monday the head of the Criminal Investigation Department to question Arab Democratic Party Secretary-General Rifaat Eid over his recent statements.

According to media reports, the request comes in light of the complaint filed by the Internal Security Forces General-Directorate with the public prosecution, demanding the adoption of the necessary procedure against Eid over his recent statements.

On Saturday, Eid slammed the ISF Intelligence Bureau as a “spy agency working against Lebanon's interests,” stressing also that the party's head Ali Eid will not go to the ISF's office for questioning.

“We will act only in accordance to the law,” he said, making a veiled threat that killing ISF members was permissible.

Eid's televised speech came after First Military Investigation Judge Riyad Abu Ghida issued on Thursday a subpoena against his father, Ali Eid.

He has been charged along with his driver Ahmed Ali with helping Ahmed Merhi, who is the suspected driver of the explosive-laden vehicle that blew up near al-Taqwa mosque in the northern city of Tripoli, to escape justice.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel on Saturday slammed Rifaat Eid's statement as "terrorist," warning that his comments are "punishable by law."

“Supporting the killing of others is a criminal takfiri act that is punishable by law,” Charbel warned.

“We strongly condemn this kind of language that expresses a violent and irresponsible attitude,” he added.

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