Lebanon News

Rifaat Eid grilled over threatening Lebanon’s police

This undated photo shows the head of the Arab Democratic Party Rifaat Eid. (The Daily Star/Rifaat Eid facebook page)

BEIRUT: Rifaat Eid, the son of the political leader of the Alawite community in Lebanon, appeared in court Tuesday for his initial hearing on charges of threatening to kill police officers.

Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda interrogated Eid, the Arab Democratic Party politburo chief, for two hours before releasing him on bail, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

“We proved today that we respect the Lebanese judiciary and that we abide by the law,” Eid said following his questioning.

Abu Ghayda had issued a summons last month for Eid to appear in court for alleged threats made against Lebanon’s police force.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr has charged Eid with threatening to kill members of the police.

In a November news conference, Eid said: “The [police’s] 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 Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces of forcing a suspect into naming his father, ADP Secretary-General Ali Eid, in connection with two Tripoli car bombings in August.

On Aug. 23, 2013, two car bombings outside mosques in the northern city killed at least 47 people and wounded hundreds more. Ali Eid is accused of aiding a suspect involved in the bombings.





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