Samaha Reportedly Told Investigators ‘This is what Bashar Wants’

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Ex-Minister Michel Samaha, who has admitted to involvement in a plot to carry out bombings in Lebanon, has reportedly told investigators that the order came straight from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper published Friday, Samaha said: “The Syrian president wants this. This is what Bashar (Assad) wants.”

According to security sources, the former information minister said Syrian security official Ali Mamlouk had asked him to carry out the attacks.

The pro-Syrian regime official was arrested by the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch during an early Thursday morning raid on his house in the North Metn town of Jwar al-Khensahara.

Another team searched his home in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh district. The ISF took several items, including CDs, computers and documents, from both houses.

The security sources said that Samaha admitted to transferring 2 to 20 kilograms of explosives in his car from Syria to Lebanon through the Masnaa border crossing to plant them in areas in the country’s North and mainly Akkar district in an attempt to ignite a Sunni-Alawite or Sunni-Christian strife.

The bomb attacks would have been carried out during a visit by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to Akkar starting August 13, they said.

The bombings would also coincide with Ramadan Iftars attended by important personalities and symbols of the Syrian opposition in the North, the sources added.

Samaha’s bodyguard Ali Mallah, his chauffeur Fares Barakat and his secretary Gladys Awada were also briefly arrested for interrogation on Thursday.

Sources close to the investigation said a person from the Kfouri family was involved in the plot.

Comments 70
Missing trigger 10 August 2012, 09:01

at last 1 person is arrested in Lebanon for something important.
i hope many will follow, whichever side they are from, 8 or 14.
hopefully they will link to the past assassinations and arrest more people.
could this be the beginning of a new era in Lebanon?

Missing trigger 10 August 2012, 11:42

what do you believe ya aflaton zamenak?

Thumb dasphinx 10 August 2012, 12:17

no, we believe in the cosmic conspiracy theory instead on Bachar ya zakzak. Mashalla 3alek 3am bet sharshir zaka.

Thumb Marwan34 10 August 2012, 09:04

Yechrob beitak ya bachar !!!

Thumb geha 10 August 2012, 09:06

this guy will be killed to silence him as was hobeika when he threatened to talk.
the Lebanese people needs to know what this guy knows as it will definately uncover many other incidents.

Thumb geha 10 August 2012, 09:13

I seriously wonder what rahi has to say about this.
aoun and his fpm should surprise us with a serious comment about this, as it looks these guys are next on the target list.

Thumb geha 10 August 2012, 14:44

intelligent FT
you seem not to understand what I worte :) again...
I do not like what rahi had said in the past, and then comes this attempt on him: so clearly it is interesting to hear what he has to say now about his most democratic friend bashar.

Thumb geha 10 August 2012, 09:32

intelligent FT
this guy talked? he only admitted information he could not deny :) he was caught on tape!
there is a lot mre information that he could spill. :) otherwise why is bashar and hizbushaitan doing whatever to release him?
very intelligent comment FT :)

Thumb geha 10 August 2012, 11:17

to all readers:
please read FT's comments above and judge by yourselves of his level of intelligence, patriotism, and how much he cares about the Patriarch, and .....
I rest my case.

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 16:08

@geha, lately I don’t understand you strategy in dealing with FT and to be honest I grow weary of the exchange between the two of you. Don’t you understand that this person is an immoral, unethical, pseudo wannabe, insignificant, unintelligent belligerent pile of hot cow dung and is not worth engaging in dialogue with? Why do you bother man? Do you enjoy his rants so much that you keep egging him on? Wallaow? Why can’t you ignore him and let him spew his venom out of his demented body and mind? If you don’t ignore him he will never go away and I am sick and tired of reading his sanctimonious, rooted in illiteracy, fiction that exists only in his warped mind…yalla stop engaging him. M8 days of hegemony are drawing to an end, so they are lashing out with all they have. Let them…you and I know we will never oppress them, the way the oppressed us and I am certain FPM will want to rejoin common sense but it is a hard pill for them to swallow.

Missing allouchi 10 August 2012, 16:19

FT, you are idiot that's stuck in the past...

Thumb fadi_albeiruti 10 August 2012, 16:37

FT, I'm not sure how you can compare Mawlawi to Smehah,it's like comparing apples and oranges, first it's alleged and repeat alleged that mawlawi was helping the FSA against the Syrian regime and not against any Lebanese, on the other hand Samaha was hired by the Syrian regime to carry out terrorist/assassinations in Lebanon and against Lebanese personalities including our own Batrak and he was caught on tape AND admitted to it, so your comparison is way off, so dude grow some kahunas and stop twisting things to make them fit your agenda, you my friend and the rest of the slaves AKA March 8 are a bunch of killers paid by Syria and Iran to do their dirty work in Lebanon , your SOBs have finally been exposed, just remember what goes around comes around.

Thumb geha 10 August 2012, 17:03

you are right: I should totally ignore this illeterate. if I did not that yet, it is just that I hoped he could come back to his senses, but to no avail apparently, so I give up!
he just repeats what his master and lord aun says without any reasoning of his own, and thinks the rest of us are like him :)

Thumb turmos 10 August 2012, 09:10

He will be released...... mark my words! There will be an unprecedented campaign against the Intelligence bureau by Aoun, Hizb of Terror, and the rest of the "resistors" accusing it of fabrication. This thug was planning to blow up the Patriarch and blame it on the people of the North. In normal circumstances, a thug like him would be hanged, but not in Lebanon.

Thumb Marwan34 10 August 2012, 09:40

then we have to make a counter campaign !!!

Thumb Marwan34 10 August 2012, 11:12

@FT I prefer gouloum !!

Thumb thepatriot 10 August 2012, 13:26

Amazing... how many bashar lovers are accused and never jailed... or freed... or not bothered at all... I hope this bird starts singing...

Thumb kanaandian 10 August 2012, 09:15

Why would he admit planting bombs without even being pressed, what kind of idiot would admit to terrorism charges, especially one who wears a suit and a tie with a pedigree and government job. People fight this step to the end. There are Fatah al Islam terrorists captured in their nest who don't even admit to terrorism. Why on earth would this dude admit to his would-be involvement in terrorism, murder, bombings, and working for Assad? Very suspicious.

Thumb kanaandian 10 August 2012, 09:28

how did they get the video?

Missing workaholic84 10 August 2012, 11:27

i cant wait to see the video. 170000USD how cheap some people are!

Missing mohammad_ca 10 August 2012, 11:49

"...not even the President knew about this operation..." ya ghabi since when do the Police have to get the President's permission to arrest someone...

Thumb dasphinx 10 August 2012, 12:22

Don't you have any opinion of your own, or are you just a loud voice repeating what your shepherds in M8 say? Have a personality man.

Missing mohammad_ca 10 August 2012, 12:58

I don't think you understand how institutions work...nor do I expect you to. You have the Executive branch, the Legislative branch, and the Judicial branch...they are independent but interlinked...the legislative legislate, the executive execute and the judicial: monitor and judge...2al 'close ally" 2al...

Thumb thepatriot 10 August 2012, 13:30

Bla bla bla FT... and the attempt on Geagea's life was fishy, and lhassa was fishy, and Antelias was fishy, and the check point kill was fishy... Give us a break idiot!

Default-user-icon Tonus (Guest) 10 August 2012, 10:45

If this is TRUE all the Lebanese should be on the same side including Hassan and Orangies coz syrians intention is clear to destroy Lebanon. In normal situation Lebanon should declare war on Syria.

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 16:17

@Tonus, the Syrian intent was always clear to us (M14). We will never negotiate with terrorists even when they have the word God in the tittle of their party. When M8 surrenders their weapons to the army, we will compromise with M8 fully and share the watan. As it is right now, M8 are our oppressors at gunpoint. We can fight them, we can't change anything unless they give up their weapons of terror and intimidation.

Missing sosry4uguys 10 August 2012, 16:20

I love your fantasy, even tho it's impossible dream but it's not bad for a start.

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 16:41

Life is a series of impossibilities my friend. My father shipped me to the USA, literally like a FedEx package, alone and a few hundred dollars in my pocket…just to make sure I had a future…I was only 16!

Default-user-icon Fcuk HOFF (Guest) 10 August 2012, 10:50

I agree with Jamil El Sayyed. Investigation with Sma7a should be transferred to a more neutral side. Why not entrust the Syrian Mokhabarat with the all the additional garantees that the participation of Lebanse observers provide. I suggest Wahhabo-Qandil par exemple.

Missing roger@10452 10 August 2012, 11:24

"This is what Bashar (Assad) wants"

What the Lebanese people want is a PUBLIC HANGING. Maybe in Dora or Tripoli, or Sidon or even in Sassine Square.

You and your master Aoun are nothing but Traitors...Bakradouni and Emile Rahme will be next...

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 16:21

I am waiting for Marada party to defend him. I can't wait to hear what Mr. Franjieh, the biggest sellout in the country (yes worse than GMA), have to say.

Missing workaholic84 10 August 2012, 11:25

because he is a weak and always have been weak. He is the worst of the worst. Soldout to Assad familly no values no love for lebanease but only for Assad and Bashar! he would sell out his familly for them. Did he ever think avout his 3 daughters and his wife before being involved in something llike this? i think he did but he choose to obey to bashar because he is weak.

Missing mohammad_ca 10 August 2012, 11:50

grammar please...

Missing freesyrian 10 August 2012, 12:01

If anyone has one shred of doubt that the Syrian regime and their cronies are behind all the schisms in Lebanon they are blind fools. A man is ready to blow up his own Patriarch for the sake of Bashar Al Assad the terrorist. Money and power blinds and corrupts unfortunately.

Default-user-icon Zadig (Guest) 10 August 2012, 12:24

Seriously Lebanese politicians are the dirtiest of all. No patriotism. They all work for foreign powers. But some foreign powers are cruel and crazy dictatorships that are mismanaging their countries, (Iran and Syria), others are monarchies that treat most of their people very well (Saudi and Qatar) and the rest are democracies (US and Europe) that really care for their citizens.
Given that we are a weak country I say let's work for the welfare of Lebanon. Hoping that both Syria and Iran will find the path to political and economic freedom very soon. And finally I hope that Israelis wake up and choose peace instead of endless war and injustice.

Default-user-icon Libneneh lil Asaf (Guest) 10 August 2012, 13:11

it is really shameful to see the intellect level of the Lebanese population, based on the comments here, that they fall for this kind of shit. Even a mentally handicapped 3-year-old can tell that this is a fabrication, yet commentators here truly believe the story. Hahaha... what a country!! No wonder why its future is so bleak.

Thumb dasphinx 10 August 2012, 13:36

Shiaas allegiance in Lebanon is to Hezbollah. Hezbollah dies, they die (politically speaking of course).

Aounists allegiance is to the person of Michel Aoun (don't ask me why, I am puzzled too). He dies, they die.

M14 allegiance is to the nation of Lebanon. Lebanon will never die.

Thumb geha 10 August 2012, 14:50

well said, but in the case of shia this should not be true, as shia do have [atriotic leaders who are more threatened these days by hizbushaitan than we are. so hopefully they will take over.

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 16:27

@geha, you beat me to it are good people. There is good and evil in every sect. The good news is that there are more good in every sect thann there is bad. Get rid of the Party of Terror and Intimidation and you will see a large influx of Shia in M14.

Thumb shab 10 August 2012, 18:59

I do hope they will bring Subhi al-Tufayli back as their leader. He's a genuine nationalist.

Missing gcb1 10 August 2012, 20:30


You clearly don't know your history. Subhi al-Tufayli left the party because he felt the Hezb was becoming more pragmatic and was not trying to establish an Islamic state. Subhi Tufayli was a hardliner, not a nationalist as you say he was.

It just goes to show your ignorance of the very party you have strong hatred for.

Missing youssefhaddad 10 August 2012, 14:05

These have always been the methods of the syrian regime and they never ran out of lebanese who are willing to cooperate.
Most of the assasinations and bombings as well as kidnappings were perpetrated by lebanese agents of the Syrian regime. the aims of the regime was to keep the sectarian conflicts incindiated in order to disintegrate lebanon before swallowing it.

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 16:29

weinak ya zalameh? shte2nelak! Very well said and so true.

Default-user-icon Mowaten Mindas (Guest) 10 August 2012, 15:16

Who is an enemy?, it's one who wants to kill you not co-exist with you.
Basic reasoning that even insects can fathom. What's clear is clear, those who try to cover it or distort or deny it should be very careful who's side they're taking, it seems in Lebanon there's a fine line between being Lebanese and a Traitor, who draws that line? the people do not regimes and definitely not foreign regimes. It's a critical time and some people living in Lebanon should reconsider their positions and loyalties

Thumb eli-g 10 August 2012, 15:56

everytime something happens m-8 jumps up and says its a conspiracy.
KHALSOONA BAA.Everything is a conspiracy???even this????tekhantoha with the conspiracy bull.shoo al?shoo al? "THIS IS FISHY".HE has friken confesed and they are still insisting its a conspiracy.

Default-user-icon bowing to demons (Guest) 10 August 2012, 16:09

now we know how every pro syrian mp and march 8 leader act and do the dirty work of their demonic master.

Missing allouchi 10 August 2012, 16:29

Anyone blindly defending the terrorist Sameha is damn scared that he might mention them as collaborators...

Missing sosry4uguys 10 August 2012, 16:32

If each one of you, yes each one of you were not blinded by your parties leaders (which all of them are corrupted and sold for their own interest by the way) and don't follow blinded their directions and repeat their sayings.... You would know which direction Lebanon had to go years ago... 95% of you Lebanese are born stupied and ignorant !! Just a small example .. Which countries citizens on this planet ??yes which nations citizens on this world?? Fight between each other for a football match for another countries team ?? Which one ?? Good luck to all of u ...

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 16:44

Thanks for the insult :)

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 16:47

by the way, this is one definition of the word politics: "political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices". Until you invent another system, we will just have to work with this one. Sorry.

Missing sosry4uguys 10 August 2012, 16:56

In a normal country you try to eliminate your political oponant by surfacing his misconduct ! Not by killing him !!!

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 18:09

I do not advocate the killing of anyone. That is FT's claim to fame. I am a non-violent, non-confrontational Christian who does not want to be oppressed by the Party of Satan and their terror tactics. I reject M8 ideology and political view shar7an wa faslan, however if they surrender their weapons to the legitimate institutions, I will recognize them as equal partners bil watan and compromise with them. Until then, I reject them completely. No dialogue as long as weapons are present.

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 18:11

Lastly, when we exposed their misconduct, such as illegal telecom and surveillance, they responded with May 7. They are trying to kill us and not the other way around. Let's call things as they are please.

Missing gcb1 10 August 2012, 20:32


Hezb is not the only one that has weapons, so by your logic, you shouldn't even be supporting anyone.

Thumb Bandoul 10 August 2012, 21:30

@gcb1, The Party of Satan is the only group who starts wars without the consent of the state and on instructions from a foreign country. They are the only ones imposing an illegitimate telecom and surveillance network down own throat with the threat of their weapons and terror. Khalas ba2a akl hawa and distortions. Their whole military presence is GHEIR SHAR3EH and marfoud shar7an wa faslan! Period, the end. Stop BS'ing us and get over yourself with your silly predictable the Party of Satan talking points. All Lebanese have had weapons from the beginning of time but only your party is a terror organization putting Lebanon bil mirsad between ISRAEL/USA on one side and IRAN on the other. Khalsouna minkon ba2a!!! OUFT!

Missing gcb1 10 August 2012, 21:42


Who told you I support Hezb? I don't support anyone, and I could probably find much better and credible arguments than yours to denounce Hezb but, unlike yourself, I could also do the same for M14 as well. So don't assume I'm some Iranian puppet or part of the so-called "Party of Terror" or other unintelligent words you use to describe political actors.

Missing gcb1 10 August 2012, 20:31

I agree with this message, although less insults would've been better.

Missing sosry4uguys 10 August 2012, 16:35

I hope he took care of reserving a room for himself in ....

Default-user-icon JC Williams (Guest) 10 August 2012, 16:40

Why would anybody politely tell investigators exactly what Naharnet wants to print? First off, this is about a supposed crime. Not even a conspiracy. Someone was smuggling something that could explode across Lebanon's border. Unbelievable! How much were they paid? I could have done it for half as much ,when do you need it?. This is what Bashir wants? He is not worried about Lebanon anymore. Lebanon is hopelessly ineffectual and impotent. He has bigger problems . You people are really very stupid.Incapable of thought. How do you manage to feed yourselves?

Thumb fadi_albeiruti 10 August 2012, 16:59

Just thought that all the doubters might care to see this:
It appears that claims of al-Qaida operating in Lebanon are embodied in Michel Samaha because the Washington Post reported today that he had contacted it to inform it that the terrorist group will carry out attacks in the North.

Thumb geha 10 August 2012, 17:11

samaha is just one of the syrian regime executors. let us hope the others will fall soon.

Default-user-icon attention (Guest) 10 August 2012, 17:58

attention, il risque de se faire suicider

Missing allouchi 10 August 2012, 18:43

God bless the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch...

Default-user-icon Luxembourg Bob (Guest) 10 August 2012, 19:33

he can kill anyone he likes fida souriya.

Default-user-icon Ziad (Guest) 10 August 2012, 19:34

Come on guys, Bashar Al-Assad cannot have ordered attacks in Lebanon, especially against Christians. Bashar represents safety and security for Middle-East Christians. He's a very civilised man! Let us all be "majadeeb" believing this aounist propaganda!

Default-user-icon D.H.AbuNajar (Guest) 10 August 2012, 22:05

Let us hope that this is the first to start a domino effect, one by one we will see them fall, all come to the surface and are revealed for the traitors they are.


Default-user-icon loubnani mou7ayed (Guest) 11 August 2012, 08:13

I think the whole deal is an ad for LBC Drama!!

You guys are hilarious defending killers and thugs...M8 and M14. Man, you guys have such short term memories!
Is there no alternative??

I vote Ziad Baroud!

Default-user-icon Radek (Guest) 09 October 2012, 06:27

Christ of Jesus is in Denver,CO,USA and he traveled back in time to the cross and resurected Jesus on cross . Then he talked to Jews and Christians ,but they didnt seemed to care ,so he is bringin another comet for proof .

Default-user-icon Radek (Guest) 09 October 2012, 06:28

He also has the most powerfull relic of Guerilas.

Default-user-icon Radek (Guest) 09 October 2012, 06:30

all the world should know ,spirit of Jesus Christ was placed in its place and Christ is here .