Lebanese general summoned after `threats`

A Lebanese general who called Prime Minister Saad Hariri a liar and urged people to topple his government has been summoned for questioning by the state, a judicial official said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 20:14 PM IST

Beirut: A Lebanese general who called Prime
Minister Saad Hariri a liar and urged people to topple his
government has been summoned for questioning by the state, a
judicial official said on Thursday.

Brig Gen Jamil Sayyed was among four pro-Syrian officers
who were jailed without charge for nearly four years in the
2005 assassination of Hariri`s father, Rafik. They were freed
last year for lack of evidence.

In a news conference Sunday, Sayyed accused Hariri of
selling his father`s blood to frame Syria for the killing,
which at the time set off a wave of turmoil that led to the
withdrawal of Syrian troops after nearly 30 years.

Sayyed, who left the country shortly after his remarks,
also said Hariri supported "false witnesses" who misled the
investigation into his father`s death.

Sayyed warned Hariri that he must be held accountable or
"I will do it someday with my own hands." He later said he
meant he would get justice through the courts.

"The Lebanese people must unite against this (government)
and topple it, even if by force," Sayyed said.

Prosecutor General Said Mirza summoned Sayyed for
questioning over his "threats against the Lebanese state" and
Hariri, the judicial official said. He spoke on condition of
anonymity because he was not allowed to give official
statements to the media.

PTI