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Rifaat Eid summoned over police threats
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BEIRUT: Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda issued a summons Monday for Rifaat Eid, the Arab Democratic Party politburo chief, for questioning over allegations he threatened Lebanon’s police force. 

Abu Ghayda has set aside a day next year to interrogate Eid but declined to specify the exact date of the hearing for security reasons, judicial sources told The Daily Star. 

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged the ADP official earlier this month for threatening to kill members of the police after Eid said last month during a news conference: “The Information Branch has made the [shedding of the] blood of Alawites permissible, therefore the [shedding] of their blood for us is also permissible.” 

He also accused the ISF Information Branch of coercing a suspect into naming his father, ADP Secretary-General Ali Eid, in connection with two Tripoli car bombings in August.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 17, 2013, on page 4.
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