SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 24 June 2021, Thursday |

Ashraf Rifi: “A resistance or border guards?”

Former Lebanese Minister of Justice Ashraf Rifi has commented on the launching of rockets from southern Lebanon toward Israel, and wondered whether Hezbollah militants were a “resistance” movement or simply border guards.

“A few hours after the launching of rockets toward the Israeli enemy in northern Palestine were enough to uncover the case and arrest the perpetrators,” Rifi said on social media, and asked: “a resistance or border guards? No shyness at all!”

“Forgive us, Lebanon. Forgive us, Palestine. And to the family of martyr Loqman Slim, forgive us. Months have passed since the assassination of Slim, and the official investigations remain stalled in police stations.”

In an implicit rebuke to the Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah, Rifi said “you have destroyed the country under the slogan of resistance and the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine. We’re so sorry, Lebanon.”

On April 28, Rifi accused “the Syrian regime and Hezbollah of ‘abducting’ Lebanon and taking it as a hostage,” saying “we are facing a political terrorist crime.”

Rifi also tackled the case of slain political activist Lokman Slim, saying “a surveillance camera detected one of the cars of Slim’s murderers, and it is linked to Hezbollah.”

“A highly credible external intelligence agency is following up closely on the assassination of Lokman Slim outside the scope of the official Lebanese investigations,” he added.

An autopsy of Lokman Slim, a Lebanese political activist who was found dead in his car in southern Lebanon, has revealed that he was shot six times, one bullet in the back and five in the head, sources told Al Hadath TV channel.

Slim, a prominent Lebanese writer and strident opponent of Hezbollah, was found dead in his car on February 4, hours after going missing as he drove to Beirut.

Jawad Nasrallah, the son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, tweeted minutes after his death was confirmed: “The loss of some people is in fact an unplanned gain #notsorry.” He later deleted the message and claimed he had not been referring to Slim.