BEIRUT: Families and relatives of Lebanese believed to be detained in Syria called on Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim Friday to take over their cases after his success in getting a number of kidnapped people released from the war-torn country.
“We call for referring the file to Director-General of General Security Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, who proved highly meritorious in dealing with such cases,” said the families’ spokeswoman, Sonia Eid.
Dozens of people gathered outside the Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden in Downtown Beirut Friday for the ninth anniversary of the tent sit-in calling for the truth to be uncovered regarding the whereabouts and conditions of Lebanese detainees in Syrian prisons and those who were forcibly disappeared during the Civil War. Many of the Lebanese believed to be held in Syria were arrested during the Syrian army’s presence in Lebanon between 1976 and 2005.
Ibrahim helped secure the release of nine Lebanese pilgrims who were held by Syrian rebels for over a year starting in May 2012, as well as the release of the Maaloula nuns last month.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 12, 2014, on page 3.