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Egyptians seek to prosecute Nasrallah

Prosecution demands putting Hezbollah secretary-general at top of list of 26 men accused of setting up terror cell in Egypt. Harsh criticism voiced against Shiite organization in Lebanon as well

An Egyptian prosecution team, appointed to handle a suspected terror cell set up in the country, demands putting Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah at the top of the list of defendants in the affair, which includes 26 people, Egyptian newspaper al-Gomhuria reported Friday.


During a discussion held at an Egyptian court, the defendants refused to accept the appointed Egyptian defense team, after the previous team resigned last Wednesday. The court decided to postpone the discussion to November 21.


Meanwhile in Lebanon, some harsh criticism has been voiced against the Nasrallah's Shiite organization. Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir of the Maronite Church slammed Hezbollah, saying the organization works for Iran's interests more than it does for Lebanon.


He told the al-Masira magazine that weapons are not in line with democracy and that the majority faction (Lebanon's anti-Syrian camp) and the minority faction (the camp led by Hezbollah) cannot sit in the same government.


Sfeir noted that "in Lebanon, there are those who are assisted by elements from the outside to make political gains in the parliament or government," pointing to Hezbollah. He added that arms must be in the possession of the military only.


Lebanese media outlets reported that the launcher of a rocket fired at Israel from the village of Houla on Tuesday resembled the launcher of a rocket fired recently from the village of al-Qalila.


A group called "the Ziad Al-Jarrah Brigades", belonging to the Global Jihad, claimed responsibility for the previous firing incident. Lebanese security sources noted that this organization was attempting to undermine the security and stability in southern Lebanon and portray itself as an organization leading a battle through rocket fire. According to the sources, there is no chance that this will happen as Hezbollah controls the south.


פרסום ראשון: 10.30.09, 16:02
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