Former Lebanese army general who called to topple Hariri government returns to Beirut
A former Lebanese army general who called Prime Minister Saad Hariri a liar and called on people to topple his government said Saturday he will not respond to a state summons for questioning. Former General Security chief Maj. Gen. Jamil al-Sayyed was among four pro-Syrian officers jailed without charge for nearly four years in connection to the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father, Rafik. They were freed last year for lack of evidence.
According to the AP, Al-Sayyed stated he would place himself at the disposal of the Lebanese judiciary but only after the removal of state prosecutor Said Mirza. Al-Sayyed is suing Mirza in a Syrian court and at the U.N.-appointed international tribunal investigating Hariri's killing, for allegedly misleading the investigation.
The ex-general spoke Saturday upon arrival at Beirut airport.
Mirza issued the summons Monday, a day after al-Sayyed held a press conference in which he accused the prime minister of selling his father's blood to frame Syria for his father's death. Al-Sayyed also said Hariri supported "false witnesses" who misled the investigation into his father's assassination.
Al-Sayyed was not taken in for questioning at the airport.