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March 8 seeking to ‘destroy’ March 14: Geagea

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during a ceremony in Byblos, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)

BEIRUT: The Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition is seeking to “destroy” its political opponents in the March 14 alliance, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said in remarks published Monday.

“The assassination of [former Finance Minister Mohammad] Shatah was not enough for them, but they began a series of threats over the phone against MP Ahmad Fatfat and then May Chidiac and Nadim Koteish, and finally against MP Strida Geagea,” Geagea told the local daily Al-Akhbar.

“I believe what is going on is a continuation of Shatah’s assassination to destroy March 14,” he added.

Shatah, who was a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, was killed in by a car bomb as he headed to a March 14 meeting in the central district of Downtown Beirut. Seven other people, including Shatah’s bodyguard and a 16-year-old boy, were killed in the blast.

Geagea accused March 8 of assassinating March 14 political figures and said his wife, MP Strida Geagea, has, too, received a death threat.

“The other team has assassinated 17 March 14 figures and no one has come near them,” he said.

Geagea urged Lebanese authorities to take the threats seriously and pursue the culprits behind them.

On Sunday, Strida Geagea informed police she received threatening text messages and offensive phone calls over the weekend.

“As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, MP Strida Geagea began receiving calls on her private mobile phone number from local numbers, international numbers and from hidden ID numbers,” a statement from her office said.

The statement added that the calls, which were answered by her aides, included death threats, insults and obscenities.

The calls continued Saturday evening and then stopped briefly, only to resume at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the statement.

It said the intimidation, which also included threats sent via whatsapp, were similar to those made against Fatfat and media figures Chidiac and Koteish.

In April 2012, Samir Geagea said he escaped an assassination attempt when shots were fired at his residence in the Kesrouan district of Maarab.

 

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