BEIRUT: Syria’s interior minister, who was recently admitted to a Beirut hospital, should be tried for war crimes, a lawmaker in Lebanon’s Future Movement said in remarks published Thursday.
“After treatment, [Syria’s Interior Minister Mohammad Shaar] must be handed over to international justice for trial because he is a war criminal and has killed thousands of Syrians," MP Jamal Jarrah told Al-Joumhouria newspaper.
He said Lebanon has signed international treaties that require it to hand over war criminals for trial “and the Lebanese judiciary is committed to doing so.”
Jarrah also insisted that Shaar get the proper medical care first.
“March 14 deals with this issue from both a humanitarian and judicial point of view,” he said. “This is the first issue of this kind.”
Security and medical sources told The Daily Star Wednesday that Shaar is being treated at the American University of Beirut’s Medical Center.
Shaar was lightly wounded last week in a deadly attack on the Interior Ministry in Damascus that was claimed by the jihadist Nusra Front, a security source told Agence France Presse.
The state-run National News Agency said Wednesday Shaar was put under medical observation and that he was in stable condition.
The NNA quoted a doctor at AUBMC as saying that Shaar did not require surgery.
The unidentified doctor said the Syrian government official suffered burns and shrapnel wounds.
The Future Movement, a major component of the opposition March 14 alliance, has voiced support to Syrians seeking an end to the rule of President Bashar Assad.