File - Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi launched his eight-candidate "Beirut Opposition List" Sunday in a bid to take on the eight other lists in the Beirut II district.Rifi, the former head of the Internal Security Forces, is an ardent critic of Hezbollah and mainstream Sunni parties including the Future Movement, who he accuses of being too close to Hezbollah.Hasan was known for spearheading investigations into former Information Minister Michel Samaha's involvement in a Syrian regime plot to assassinate a number of Lebanese politicians and religious figures. In 2012 Samaha was designated a global terrorist by the U.S. for helping the Syrian government attempt to stage attacks in Lebanon and in April 2016 was sentenced to 13 years in jail by the Lebanese judiciary. Rifi Sunday also claimed to have evidence that Islamists in Roumieh prison had been tortured.Rifi is running for a Sunni seat in Tripoli.
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