Ziad Itani performs in “Beirut… Al-Tariq al-Jadideh,” in his debut theatrical performance. Photos by Mahmoud Kheir
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Lebanese politicians responded Saturday to the latest developments in the Ziad Itani case, after reports emerged that the actor had been framed by a former Internal Security Forces officer.President Michel Aoun called for all parties to comply with the confidentiality of the investigation – in which Itani stood charged of collaborating with Israel – and not to speculate on the facts of the case until the legal and judicial procedures had been completed, according to a statement from the president's media office. "The case of Itani should be withdrawn from political and media discussion and should stop being used to damage the [reputation] of the judiciary and the security services," Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in a statement from his media office.He added that the case was being handled by the judiciary and security agencies, which are the responsible entities and alone could decide the outcome. The actor's legal representative, Rami Itani, called on the authorities to complete the investigation and reveal those behind the case against Itani.
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