A blurry security video shared by the ISF. (Video grab)
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Conflicting claims have emerged over an allegation that a member of the Internal Security Forces assaulted a member of the public when she tried to enter a Downtown Beirut embassy building.However, the ISF statement said that the sunglasses Azar was wearing had exacerbated the impact of the slap, an assertion that both Azar and Asmar decried as nonsensical.Asmar alleged the video shared by the ISF only showed part of the incident and that it did not show Azar's face, so the number of times and strength with which Azar was hit was not visible.Asmar said that Azar had come under psychological pressure to retract her complaint, an allegation that the ISF statement denied, saying Azar had expressed a willingness to drop her charges because of the good relationship between the ISF and the NHRI.Asmar asserted that Azar should never have been brought in for questioning in the first place, because as a member of the National Human Rights Institute, she is immune from criminal investigation.
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