Failed Lebanese Candidate Sues TV Station for Libel
A Lebanese candidate who lost in the parliamentary elections said Tuesday that he had filed a $20 million libel and slander lawsuit against Future Television, the Daily Star reported Wednesday.
Fouad Metni, a doctor who ran for the Maronite seat in Beirut's District One last month, was quoted by the Lebanese paper as saying that FTV broadcast a news report last weekend of people standing outside his office demanding payment for their work during his campaign.
A statement by Metni charged that the report constituted libel and slander, which is punishable under the publications law. He did not comment on whether he paid his campaign workers, said the paper.
Metni said the publications' court would review his case on Oct. 30 and that he demanded $20 million in compensation from FTV.
FTV officials declined to comment on the issue, saying they were not informed about the case, according to the Daily Star - Albawaba.com
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