The brother of the “Central” governor was released on bail of 3.7 million dollars
The Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, said that boycotting the parliamentary elections is a surrender, stressing his refusal to hand Lebanon over to the “enemies of Arabism.” He said that these elections determine the course of Lebanon and its relations with its Arab brothers and friends.
Derian’s statement came during his reception at Dar Al-Fatwa yesterday, the ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in Lebanon through a delegation that included Saudi Ambassador Walid Bukhari, Dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait Abdel-Al Al-Qena’i, and Ambassador of the State of Qatar Ibrahim Al-Sahlawi, in the presence of the Mufti of the regions in Lebanon.
Derian stressed the brotherly relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and said that “Lebanon is going through a delicate and sensitive stage that requires unifying ranks and consolidating and strengthening Lebanese relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, brotherly Arab countries and friendly countries for the benefit of Lebanon and the Lebanese who suffer from the state’s failure.”
Regarding the elections, he said, “We gave our instructions to our Lebanese sons and brothers to participate, not boycott,” and stressed that “the electoral merit we will exercise with our sons,” stressing that “the boycott is surrender and we do not want to hand Lebanon over to the enemies of Arabism.”
The ambassadors hoped, according to Dar Al-Fatwa’s statement, that “the upcoming parliamentary elections will be carried out with all transparency to reflect the aspirations and hopes of the Lebanese.” The ambassadors’ message to the Lebanese is a directive to give priority to their national interest over any other interest.
On the other hand, the Lebanese judiciary released Raja Salameh, brother of Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, in exchange for a bail equivalent to $3.7 million, the highest value in Lebanon’s history. The official “National News Agency” stated that Salameh “left the place of his arrest after paying the value of the bail, which was reduced from 500 billion to 100 billion Lebanese pounds.”