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Hezbollah-Geagea war of words drags on

A file photo of Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi. (The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi criticized Thursday Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea for accusing the resistance party of political assassinations, raising doubts about his innocence in war crimes.

“The difference between what is said about him [Geagea] and what he says about us, especially in terms of accusing us of killings, is the difference between right and wrong,” Musawi said in a statement issued Thursday.

His remarks came a day after Geagea held a news conference in which he unleashed a fiery attack against Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

Addressing Nasrallah, Geagea said: “The killing machine must stop and you, Sayyed Hasan, have one of the largest security services in Lebanon so why is it that up until now those who killed our martyrs have yet to be identified? Thus, the first step you must do is stop killing the other segment of the Lebanese."

Musawi called Geagea a liar and said the “former prisoner” was released under amnesty and not because he is innocent.

“What he [Geagea] is stating is nothing but a repeat of lies, slanders and false statements,” Musawi said as he recalled that the LF leader was “convicted by Lebanon’s highest judicial authority for [war] crimes.”

“And if he is confident of his innocence let him ask for his retrial now,” Musawi said of Geagea.

Geagea, the only Lebanese warlord punished for his role in the 1975-90 Civil War, was jailed for 11 years. He was freed in 2005 under an amnesty law passed by the Parliament.

He had been serving four life sentences for political murders during the Civil War, including the 1987 assassination of Prime Minister Rashid Karami.

He has always declared his innocence and said he was a victim for his staunch opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Assad withdrew his troops from Lebanon after the Feb. 2005 assassination of former statesman Rafik Hariri caused world uproar. Many Lebanese blamed Syria for the killing, but Damascus has denied involvement.

 

Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra swiftly retaliated, dubbing Musawi a “tiny soldier in Wilayat al-Fakih [Iran].”

 

“Imprisonment during the falsehood of [Syrian] tutelage [over Lebanon] and based on verdicts issued by the guardianship killer regime [Syria] is a decoration [of war] to us,” Zahra said in response to Musawi.

 

“As for the joke calling for a retrial, let it be by opening all the files of the Lebanese [Civil] War, including everything that Samir Geageae detailed in his accusation report,” he added.

 

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