The head of the Arab Democratic Party Rifaat Eid speaks during a press conference in Tripoli, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Arab Democratic Party sources dismissed rumors Sunday that party leader Ali Eid and his son, politburo chief Rifaat Eid, had fled the country to avoid legal charges, affirming that both were still in Lebanon. News reports emerged over the weekend that both ADP figures had left Lebanon, with the daily An-Nahar claiming that the two had crossed illegal border crossings to escape to Syria, and other news websites maintaining that Rifaat alone was in the Syrian port city of Tartous. Rumors of Ali Eid's escape arose for a second time after Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr issued a legal opinion demanding his indictment earlier this week, as he stands accused of helping a suspect linked to last summer's twin car bombings in Tripoli flee Lebanon.
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