Arrest Warrant Issued against Minister Fneish's Brother of Drugs Scandal

An arrest warrant was issued on Friday against the brother of Minister of State for Administrative Reform Mohammad Fneish over his links to the drug scandal that erupted in Lebanon in 2012.

MTV reported that Judge Jean Ferneini issued the arrest warrant against Abdul Latif Fneish in connection to the case of the illegally imported medications.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) reported later that the suspect has handed himself over to the judiciary.

LBCI said that Abdul Latif is currently being held at the Justice Palace in Baabda.

The General Prosecution filed a lawsuit in December against Abdul Latif Fneish for being involved in the scandal.

Media reports revealed in November that the brother of Hizbullah's Minister Fneish might be involved in forging certificates of laboratory tests.

The forgery of the medications was discovered at the labs at the Beirut Arab University.

Also in November, General Prosecutor Judge Hatem Madi issued a search and investigative warrant against the brother of Fneish and a suspect identified as Fouad Ahmed Wehbeh.

Head of Parliament’s Public Health, Labor and Social Affairs committee MP Atef Majdalani said Thursday that more than 100 medications had been illegally imported into Lebanon.

Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil had declared in November that “no one will be protected in this issue,” vowing to go ahead with the case to the very end.

“We will not cover for anyone when it comes to the people's health,” he stressed.

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