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Bassil wins slander suit against magazine

From left, Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, Minister of State Mohammad Fneish, Energy and Water Minister Jibran Bassil and Labour Minister Charbel Nahhas attend a ministerial meeting at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Energy Minister Gibran Bassil has won a slander lawsuit he filed against Al-Shiraa magazine.

The National News Agency, citing a statement from Bassil’s office, said the magazine would be obliged to pay the minister LL10 million in damages for an article entitled “Will the son-in-law break the back of Aoun,” referring to Bassil and his father-in-law, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun.

The writer and responsible editor at the magazine were each fined LL7 million for court costs.

The article contained photos and captions intimating that Bassil had received an armored car from a Syrian intelligence official, and money from political allies.  


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 10, 2012, on page 4.


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