Lebanon Army Surrounds LBCI after Controversial Verdict Leads to Fights

Published March 13th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

A Lebanese court on Monday rejected a lawsuit filed by two ministers who had demanded control over LBCI television station’s political programs.  

Deputy Premier Issam Fares and Health Minister Suleiman Franjieh, who are also two key shareholders in LBCI,­ filed the lawsuit about two years ago against Pierre Daher, the station’s chairman.  

Shortly after the Jounieh judge, George Harb, issued the verdict, fights broke out between supporters of Daher and backers of the two ministers, reported the Daily Star.  

Army troops were immediately deployed around LBCI’s Adma complex although some of those involved in the scuffle were armed, no weapons were used, according to the army command, quoted by the paper.  

However, some reports said several people were detained on charges of inciting a riot.  

Daher had rejected a request by Fares and Franjieh to appoint a supervisor to monitor the station’s daily news bulletins and political programs.  

The two government officials had contended that as shareholders, they were entitled to monitor the news and politically sensitive issues, said the daily – Albawaba.com  


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