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Hezbollah member charged with attempt on MP's life

MP Butros Harb speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, June 7, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: MP Butros Harb hailed Friday Lebanon’s judiciary after Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged a Hezbollah member with the July 2012 attempt on his life.

“Finally, justice has triumphed over politics and arms and over political pressure that was being exerted by Hezbollah,” Harb told The Daily Star.

Earlier in the day, Saqr charged Mahmoud Hayek, a member of Hezbollah’s security apparatus, with the assassination attempt on the Batroun MP.

Hayek, who remains at large, was also charged with carrying out acts of terror after planting a bomb in the elevator of the building that houses Harb’s office in Badaro, Beirut.

Judicial sources said Saqr referred the case to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda.

Hezbollah has refused to hand over Hayek after his involvement in the case was uncovered, according to security sources.

Harb said Friday that Hezbollah had put pressure on both political and judicial officials to prevent Hayek’s handover.

“They even tried to cut a deal, wherein Hayek would give his testimony and then walk away,” the lawmaker said.

Harb blasted the government of Prime Minister Najib Mikati for “remaining silent about Hezbollah ministers and other ministers in this Cabinet who have provided support for Hayek.”

“I will keep demanding that Hayek be handed over,” the March 14 opposition MP said, even as he says he is aware that his appeals will go unanswered.





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