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Tripoli’s Rifaat Eid charged with threatening police

Alawite militant leader Rifaat Eid speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in the Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood in the port city of Tripoli, northern Lebanon May 28, 2013.

BEIRUT: Rifaat Eid, the Arab Democratic Party politburo chief, has been charged with threatening members of Lebanon’s police force, judicial sources told The Daily Star Saturday.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged the ADP official earlier this week, the sources said, adding that the charge includes "threatening to kill members of the police.”

During a news conference earlier last month, Eid warned members of the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces.

“The Information Branch has made the [shedding of the] blood of the Alawites permissible, therefore the [shedding] of their blood for us is also permissible,” he said during a Nov. 9 news conference in the northern city of Tripoli.

He also accused the Information Branch of coercing a suspect into naming his father, ADP Secretary General Ali Eid, in relation to the August car bombings that targeted two separate Tripoli mosques.

Last month, acting State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud issued a summons for Rifaat Eid to be interrogated over the threats against the police, the sources said. Hammoud then filed earlier this month a search warrant after a Eid failed to show up for interrogation, they added.

Ali Eid along with his driver, Ahmad Mohammad Ali, were charged with helping Ahmad Merhi, a key suspect in the Aug. 23 bombings in Tripoli, flee to Syria.

The attacks, widely seen as a repercussion of the ongoing crisis in Syria, killed at least 47 people and wounded over 100.





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