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Sleiman wants legal action against MP Qanso: source

Baalbek MP Assem Qanso speaks during a press conference at the Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman tasked Friday caretaker Justice Minister Sahkib Qortbawi with taking appropriate measures against MP Assem Qanso, a Baabda Palace source told The Daily Star, days after the Baath Party official accused the Lebanese leader of high treason.

Qanso said Wednesday he wanted Sleiman tried for high treason over a memorandum the president sent to the United Nations which lists violations to Lebanese territories by the warring sides in Syria.

“The filing of a complaint by the president to the [U.N.] Security Council against the Syrian Arab Republic with which we have conventions and treaties of cooperation and coordination is a violation to the Constitution, in particular articles 53, 54 and 65,” said Qanso in a statement.

“The violation is that the president surpassed the [authority of] the Foreign Ministry, the only constitutional channel through which such a complaint can be filed,” Qanso, an ally of Damascus, said.

"We will work in accordance with the Constitution and the laws to pursue the president for high treason,” he added.

Sleiman sent Tuesday a memorandum to the U.N., through its representative in Lebanon Dereck Plumbly, listing violations of Lebanese territories by the warring factions in Syria after apparently losing patience with caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour to do so.

Qanso said that the step he intended to take aimed at “putting an end to the series of treason and constant violations to the Constitution.”





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