Ibrahim Says He's Under the Law, Urges Removal of Pictures
General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim stressed Friday that he is “under the law,” days after Judge Tarek al-Bitar requested a permission to prosecute him in the port blast case.
“I emphasize that, like every Lebanese, I’m under the law, and we must show solidarity and work away from narrow political calculations or political exploitation, in order to know the truth of what happened at Beirut port,” Ibrahim said in a statement.
“That’s why I call on supporters to remove all the banners and pictures out of respect for the fallen civilians and servicemen,” Ibrahim added, referring to pictures of him and supportive banners that popped up after his name was mentioned in the case.
The General Security chief also lamented “a series of leaks and rumors” that targeted him in recent days.
“Even before I was informed of this decision… a series of leaks and rumors targeted me on social networking websites, some of which noted that Judge Tarek al-Bitar had discovered my involvement in deals to smuggle the ammonium nitrate to Syria, and others claimed that I’m keeping money at a financial institution in the UAE,” Ibrahim said, adding that he has also been targeted by insults at the hands of “electronic armies.”
The major general also noted that has launched legal measures against those who have targeted him in recent days, while thanking supporters for the “solidarity and love” that they have shown.
“The course of right will triumph if we show patience and insistence on unveiling the facts,” he added.