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Frangieh sends condolences to Geagea

Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BERUT: Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh sent Friday a letter of condolence to Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, who was accused of murdering the former’s brother during the civil war, over the death of his father on Tuesday.

In 1978, an attack of Tony Frangieh’s home at Zgharta turned into a massacre and left him dead with his family and guards. Then a militia leader, Samir Geagea was accused of performing the raid, but he has since denied responsibility on different occasions.

Sleiman Frangieh had continuously accused Geagea of the offense, and had requested the latter’s apology for committing the crime.

In 2008, Geagea apologized for any "unjustified wound, harm or damage that we inflicted during the civil war," while performing our "national duties during the war,” according to Marada’s news website.

Criticizing what he called the “artificial apology” by Geagea, Frangieh later said: “While performing his national duty, he killed 30 martyrs in Ehden. His national duty killed Tony Frangieh, army officers and his national duty killed former PM Rashid Karami.”

Rashid Karami was the brother of former Prime Minister Omar Karami, and held the Prime Minister’s position eight times. A prominent politician in the civil war, he was assassinated by a bomb planted in his helicopter in 1987.

Geagea was also accused of this assassination, which he similarly denied several times. In light of this accusation, angry voices recently rose in Tripoli, Karami’s hometown, opposing both Geagea’s candidacy for the presidency and Future Movement’s support for him.

Geagea also received a condolence phone call from his long time rival MP Michel Aoun later on the same day.





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