Madi Requests Lifting Kabbara's Immunity

General Prosecutor Judge Hatem Madi requested on Thursday lifting immunity off al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Mohammed Kabbara a day after President Michel Suleiman decided to file a lawsuit against him.

Madi submitted the request to caretaker Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi, who will in turn refer it to the parliament.

Madi visited the president at Baabda palace, a presidential statement said.

On Wednesday, Suleiman decided to file a lawsuit against the lawmaker for accusing him of “conspiring with foreign countries” against Tripoli.

However, Kabbara snapped back at the president, saying he “should have asked the Public Prosecution to act after thousands of Hizbullah fighters crossed the border under the eyes of his official security agencies to take part in the Syrian war, instead of urging (Hizbullah chief) Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to withdraw from Qusayr.”

“Unless there is cowardliness to face this reality or collusion to which the Lebanese are supposed to turn a blind eye,” Kabbara added.

On Tuesday, al-Mustaqbal MP, who hails from Tripoli, voiced “regret” that Suleiman, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji and the military institution “seem to be colluded with the Syrian regime.”

A new wave of Syria-linked clashes between Sunni and Alawite residents of Tripoli has killed eight people since the weekend.

The confrontations came after a brief lull, following a flare-up last month in which 31 people died and more than 200 were wounded.

The violence is tied to the conflict in Syria, where a Sunni-led uprising is fighting to overthrow the regime of President Bashar Assad, who belongs to the Alawite offshoot of Shiite Islam.

The fighting in Tripoli, which has flared sporadically since the beginning of the Syria conflict in March 2011, has largely been confined to the Alawite-populated Jabal Mohsen and the Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh.

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