Lebanese Judge Dismisses Case Against Saudi Minster on “National Interest” Grounds

A Lebanese judge on the 12th of February (Monday) dismissed a lawsuit filed against Saudi minister, saying it would harm the country’s “higher national interest”

“Beirut first examining magistrate Ghassan Queidat has issued a ruling which he decided not to proceed with the lawsuit filed by liberated captive Nabih Hussein Awada via his lawyer Hassan Bazzi against Saudi state minister for gulf affairs Thamar Al-Sabhan,” the National News Agency said.

The field lawsuit “contradicts with the higher national interest and the states policy and (Lebanese) courts do not have the jurisdiction to look into international disputes and relations,” the judge said in his ruling.

Queidat had on Tuesday accepted to look into lawsuit. Al-Sabhan was in charge of the Lebanon file during Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation crisis. Media and statements report he was replaced after the crisis.

In the dismissed lawsuit, Nabih Hussein Awada, who has served a long time Israeli prison center in khiam, in January filed a lawsuit accusing the Saudi minister of “sowing discord among the Lebanese, inciting them to violent disagreements and disrupting Lebanon’s ties with a foreign state.”

The fiercely anti-Iran minister has been suspected of playing a key role in the hurried and ultimately unsuccessful resignation of Hariri last year in November.

Many days before Hariri’s surprise resignation, which the kingdom is widely believed to have orchestrated, al-Sabhan issued threats against Lebanon’s government as well as Iran and its ally Hizbullah via Twitter, unnerving many Lebanese who feared being dragged into the forefront of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry.

Thamar al-Sabhan is known for being a fierce critic of Hizbullah. On twitter, al-Sabhan has referred to the Iranian-backed Hizbullah, which means “Party of God” in Arabic, as the “Party of Satan”.

A few days before Hariri’s resignation, Thamar Al-Sabhan warned in an interview with Lebanon’s MTV that there would be ‘astonishing” developments to “topple” Hizbullah. He also went ahead on his speech and said that Lebanon’s government, headed by Hariri, would be dealt with a hostile government that declared war against Saudi Arabia because of Hizbullah’s power sharing role.

“It is now up to Lebanon’s leaders to decide whether it is safe f terror or peace,” Thamar al-Sabhan wrote on Twitter days after Hariri’s resignation. Mediation by France, a close ally of both Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, helped reverse the resignation and return Hariri to his post.

 

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