Bkerke requests a settlement to prevent a major strife

Bkerke requests a settlement to prevent a major strife
Bkerke requests a settlement to prevent a major strife

It’s a settlement offer!
Thus, a great reference summarized the current contacts launched by the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi, the day before yesterday, the three presidents, and was completed yesterday by contacts that remained far from the limelight. The reference confirmed that the sponsor acted on internal and external advice by seeking to reach a settlement with “the person who is able to make it” in order to prevent matters from deteriorating into great ruin.

According to the reference, when Rahi requested the visit of President Nabih Berri, the latter was waiting for him with arrangements for a lengthy meeting. Al-Rahi began by talking directly about the great problems that the country is experiencing, and that bloodshed will not save anything, and that the worsening economic and living crises and the continued financial stumbling and the possibility of things developing for the worse and the absence of elections require seeking a quick settlement. It was understood that the Patriarch explicitly stated, “We are facing two major crises, the solution of which helps launch the political wheel, opens the door to treatments for major problems, the most important of which is the economic file, and pulls the fuse of tension that may develop into serious security events,” before clearly indicating that the hadith It revolves around the files of the investigations into the Beirut port bombing and the Tayouneh crime, expressing his keenness to condemn the killing of innocents, and offering condolences for the victims to Berri.

According to the same source, Al-Rahi was very frank when he said that he was ready to undertake mediation that would secure a solution to the problem of investigations into the port crime, clearly indicating the possibility of what would lead to Judge Tariq Al-Bitar hastening the completion of his presumptive decision, on the basis of leaving the prosecution file to ministers, representatives and heads of government to Their own court, that is, through the House of Representatives, and the adoption of the decision of the Public Prosecution and the Higher Defense Council not to prosecute the Director-General of State Security, Major General Tony Saliba, and the Director-General of Public Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim. Provided that the file is referred to the Judicial Council, which, on its part, handles the file according to the requirements of the law.

Al-Rahi informed Berri that the success of this matter should lead to defusing the great tension and the high ceiling in Hezbollah’s rhetoric and to withdrawing the Bitar file from media and political circulation and returning the government to work. But the matter needs a corresponding step in the Tayouneh file, because summoning a “prominent Christian leader” such as Samir Geagea or trying the Forces Party will have significant negative effects as well, both locally and abroad.

According to the reference, Berri was waiting for what the shepherd said – sources confirm that the speaker of the council was in the mood of what the patriarch wanted to provoke – so he submitted a legal and constitutional review that falls under the sponsor’s proposal, adding that “handling the investigation file in the port will breathe more than one congestion.” Said, and we are not in the position of complicating the matter in the file of investigations into the Tayouneh crime. We have silenced our people, and we have referred the file to the authorities that carry out investigations, and we will not interfere to pressure towards escalation of matters, and we do not want to harm anyone, and we will help in everything that relieves tension and relieves tension, and Hezbollah itself is concerned with any treatment that prevents the country from being dragged into sedition.”

After the visit, which al-Rahi considered a prelude to a solution, his greatest interest was focused on the visit of President Michel Aoun, as President Najib Mikati was in a hurry to any settlement that would restore life to his government. A strict aid towards taking into account any of the parties in the files of the port or Tayouneh alike.

However, the President of the Republic, who had received news of communications before receiving Al-Rahi, took the initiative to inform him that he agreed to any solution that would prevent the country from being drawn into strife. However, he was clear that he would not initiate any pressure or communication, neither with the army command nor with the judicial authorities, to request any special order in the two files, stressing at the same time that he would not take any action that would obstruct any possible settlement, because he did not want to drag He knows that there are those who want it for his own purposes and not for the Lebanese, and he knows that one of the goals is to prevent the government from taking any reform steps, and that these parties want his reign to end tragically.

While the Maronite Patriarch was subjected to a campaign of objections on the grounds that he was bartering at the expense of the investigations in the port, President Berri was subjected to the same matter on the grounds that he was bartering the prosecution of ministers and deputies in the port crime by stopping the investigation with Geagea, and consequently not expanding the investigations to show whether the leadership of the Forces Party involved in crime.
Since yesterday morning, Al-Rahi and those close to him have communicated and responded to inquiries, denying that there is any bartering, and that he only confirmed respect for the constitution and laws. While the council president proceeded to inform his aides and the forces allied to him that he assured al-Ra’i that the investigation into the Tayouneh massacre must continue until the end, especially since “the issue is big and the blood of the martyrs is an enemy on earth.”
In light of the political developments, an atmosphere prevailed yesterday that pressure on the government commissioner to the military court, Judge Fadi Akiki, prompted him to dismiss Geagea’s summons to hear his testimony.

At ten thirty in the morning yesterday, the investigators of the Army Intelligence Directorate called Akiki, to inform him that Geagea did not respond to the summons, and did not attend to hear his testimony. He indicated that the report opened with the intelligence services should be sealed and sent to him “to complete the procedures.” This report is an offshoot of the main report of the Tayouneh massacre, in which Akiki concluded the investigation and claimed against 68 people, most notably Geagea’s security official, Simon Moslem. The side report was kept open with the aim of listening to the statement of the head of the forces, and identifying the identities of “leaders and partisans in the Lebanese Forces, in addition to civilians who participated in the shooting on October 14, 2021, in the locality of Tayouneh, Chiah, Ain al-Rummaneh and Badaro,” according to relevant sources.

What Akiki did yesterday contradicts his excessive enthusiasm for informing Geagea that he must appear before army intelligence interrogators. Last Monday, after the judge asked the Intelligence Directorate to inform Geagea of ​​his summons, the Ghazir platoon commander in the gendarmerie (who is the forces of passion, appointed to his position at the request of the chief of forces) tried to dissuade the captain in the army, i. M, from reaching Ma’rib, so the latter called the judge recounting what had happened to him, and Akiki replied, “You have to inform him, otherwise you will bear the responsibility before me.” Accordingly, the captain decided to go to Maarab’s headquarters, where he was told that it was “not currently available.” He contacted the judge again, and the latter advised him that he must inform Geagea closely.

Akiki’s performance showed great enthusiasm for summoning Geagea, especially after the latter attacked him last Thursday, describing him as “Hezbollah’s delegate to the military court.”

In the days between leaking the news of the summons and yesterday, the army commander, General Joseph Aoun, was subjected to various pressures, as he was “the actual supervisor of the work of the military court, and blamed Judge Akiki.” US Ambassador Dorothy Shea was expressing her dissatisfaction with the results of the investigation into the Tayouneh massacre, astonishing that Geagea was summoned. As for Saudi Arabia and the UAE, they instructed their “group” in Lebanon to defend the head of the “forces”. When Patriarch Al-Rahi intervened with the army commander to relieve Geagea’s pressure, General Joseph Aoun responded that he was implementing judicial orders. The patriarch’s relationship with Judge Akiki is not strong enough to allow the pastor to intervene to protect Geagea, so the head of the Maronite Church decided to go around the three chiefs to try to obtain a presidential decision granting the chief of forces immunity that prevents him from hearing his testimony. The shepherd intentionally made Ain al-Tineh his first destination, because of President Berri’s moral position related to what happened in Tayouneh on the one hand, and because of the family kinship that connects him with Judge Akiki (Bari’s niece’s husband).

Yesterday, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, launched a harsh attack on the “forces” and the “Amal” movement without naming them, which indicates his and Aoun’s rejection of any deal that includes neutralizing al-Bitar. Basil said: “When I talked about the collusion of the two-Tayouneh, the resurrection took place. This complicity we saw in the street over the blood of the people and in the parliament over the election law and the rights of the scattered, and tomorrow we will see it in the parliament and with the elimination of the victims of the Al-Mafaa and Tayouneh explosions together. No to obliterating the truth with the biggest explosion that Lebanon and the world witnessed in return for securing the innocence of the criminal.”

Sources in Hezbollah and the Amal movement reiterated their denials of “there is any swap between the port file and Tayouneh.” Berri’s sources confirmed that he did not and will not interfere with Akiki, and that he informed Al-Rahi that the investigation should continue until its conclusion, including Geagea’s appearance before the investigators. The sources assert that the files of Tayouneh and the port are not connected. In the coming days, the course of things will become clear: either the judiciary will submit to Samir Geagea, who was entrenched yesterday by thousands of his supporters who demonstrated to reject his summons on the Bkerke road, or the military judiciary will continue its procedures, to deal with the Tayouneh issue as it should be dealt with.

It remains that Akiki’s decision does not mean the end of the investigation procedures with Geagea. He did not close the file, but rather asked for it to be sealed by the Intelligence Services and referred to it “to complete the investigation.” According to judicial sources, the natural course was for the government commissioner to issue a subpoena against Geagea, or to request the Army Intelligence to issue a search and investigation report against him. But Akiki decided to put his hands on the file directly, without that meant closing it. It is also possible that the report will be referred to the first military investigative judge, Fadi Sawan, for the latter to complete the procedures related to him, in addition to the basic report referred to him by Akiki with the detainees.

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