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Jumblatt ridicules Syrian legal notice

Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt lights a candle and holds a paper with "Homs" written on it in Arabic. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Friday ridiculed the Syrian legal notices accusing him and an Lebanese journalist of undermining the state’s reputation.

“It would have been more eloquent if the lawsuit was filed in Damascus instead of Latakia, so that it goes along with the nature of the accusation and its gravity and seriousness, especially given that the Syrian state, keen on the state of law and institutions, is preparing for the largest democratic electoral process in history,” Jumblatt said in a statement.

Jumblatt, an outspoken critic of the Assad regime, said that he was waiting for the Syrian state to send him a list of the expenses of the lawsuit as the norms stipulate. “And I will not forget to add this lawsuit to the file of other cases; I will make a catalog out of them and distribute it to friends for free!”

The Criminal Court in Latakia issued legal notices against Jumblatt and Lebanese journalist Fares Khashan in a lawsuit dating back to 2006, when Syria’s military court filed a case against Jumblatt and “others revealed by investigation,” accusing the defendants of “defaming” the state by blaming Syria for a series of bombings and assassinations in Lebanon in 2005.

At the time, there were arrest warrants out for Jumblatt, Khashan and MP Marwan Hamade.

Jumblatt said that he never intended to undermine the Syrian state and that is why he called for a political solution to rescue what remains of Syria “after the Assad regime committed murders and crimes and caused the displacement of millions inside and outside Syria and detained hundreds arbitrary.”

 

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