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Meqdad spokesperson under interrogation

Maher Meqdad, a member of the Meqdad family that claims to have kidnapped Syrian rebels in Lebanon, speaks to reporters on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The spokesperson of the Meqdad clan that kidnapped several Syrians and a Turkish national last month is being interrogated by the Lebanese Army Intelligence, a judicial source told The Daily Star Friday.

Meanwhile, the Meqdads have announced their willingness to fully cooperate with the Army. The source, who requested anonymity, said Maher Meqdad is being interrogated at the headquarters of the Lebanese Army Intelligence, located at the Defense Ministry in Yarze, after which a decision would be made regarding his case.

Investigations are being carried out under the supervision of Judge Saqr Saqr, the government’s representative at the military tribunal, to determine whether Meqdad had any role in the kidnappings and to discover the names of others involved.

If Meqdad turns out to have played a role in the kidnappings or to have sheltered the kidnappers, then his case will be referred to the Military Tribunal.

Meqdad was arrested Thursday by members of the Lebanese Army Intelligence after a raid on his house in the Beirut southern suburb of Haret Hreik, following the issuing of arrest warrants against all who might have been involved in the kidnappings.Media reports Friday said Meqdad was likely to be released Monday.Responding to the arrest of a relative by Syrian rebels in Damascus, the Meqdads in August snatched Syrian nationals they said were members of the opposition, along with a Turkish citizen.

All were released this month under pressure from the Army. Hasan Meqdad, Maher’s brother, was also arrested last week by the Army.

The Meqdads have stressed in a statement their willingness to cooperate with the Army in its mission.

The clan said it has no anger for any political group, naming Hezbollah and Amal in particular, over the arrests of its members. They also said they trust the state authorities handling the case of their kidnapped relative.

The Meqdads urged the government to resolve the issue of clan members currently under arrest.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 15, 2012, on page 3.

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