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MP Daher faces heightened security risk: Charbel

Future Movement MP Khaled Daher speaks during a press conference in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (Antoine Amrieh/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Future MP Khaled Daher tops the list of opposition figures that could be targeted in assassinations plots, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in remarks published Wednesday.

“The main risk at this stage now faces Khaled Daher,” Charbel, who spoke to As-Safir newspaper, said.

Daher, an outspoken lawmaker from the northern city of Akkar, has repeatedly slammed the regime of President Bashar and voiced support for Syrian rebels. He has also launched firm stances against the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition.

Last week Future Movement MP Ammar Houry said he had handed over a list of 12 figures in the opposition movement who have reportedly received death threats to Charbel, who in turn handed the list to Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Mikati reiterated Tuesday his denial of having received a list of potential targets for assassination but said he would nevertheless hold a meeting with security officials to discuss how to protect anyone under threat.

In comments to Al-Akhbar daily published Wednesday, Charbel said Mikati would hold a meeting later in the day with top security officials to discuss the information about the death threats against leading figures from the opposition.

The minister said information he obtained suggested that four personalities from the March 14 opposition were in danger, one of whom was Daher.

“We asked him [Daher] to take the highest levels of precautions,” Charbel said.

Last month, Daher said he received a death threat in a call made to one of his bodyguards from a man who had a Syrian accent. The threat, according to Daher, was not the first of its kind.

Houry also claims he is among the list of officials in danger.

In his comments to Al-Akhbar, Charbel said the state should make an official request to employ private security companies to protect political officials in danger, citing limited resources available to the country’s security forces in this field.

“We had to turn to several police stations for their assistance in the missions to protect the officials which has impacted the number of elements serving at these stations,” Charbel said.





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