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Charbel denies Assir’s death plot claims

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel reacts during a press conference in Beirut, Saturday, July 28, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Former Minister Marwan Charbel denied Monday that he told fugitive Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir that the two major political blocs were conspiring to assassinate him at the time of the June clashes in the southern town of Abra.

“The media office of former Minister Marwan Charbel denies claims by Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir in the last recording he published on his twitter account and in which he claimed that minister Charbel told him there is a decision to liquidate him,” a statement from Charbel’s office said.

Assir claimed in a video address released over the weekend that Charbel, the interior minister at the time of the Abra clashes between Assir supporters and the Army, told him that there was a decision to kill him.

The sheikh, wanted by Lebanese authorities, said that both the March 8 and 14 political blocs agreed on the issue – March 8 because he posed a challenge to them in the south, and March 14 because they perceived him as a rival to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni community.

 

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