| 4 December 2023, Monday |

Presidency of Republic: Hassan Mohamed Duqou was not mentioned in naturalization decree of 2018

The Information Office of the Presidency of the Republic said in a statement that the “Twitter account” called “WikiLeaks Lebanon” published a false news in which it claimed that the name of the accused in the file of smuggling “Captagon” Hassan Muhammad Duqo was included in the naturalization decree issued in 2018, to claim that he obtained the Lebanese nationality by virtue of it. However, going back to the official text of the aforementioned decree, showed that the version published on that website was forged, as it is clear that the name of Mr. Bernard Allam Bashur was erased from the original version of the decree, and the name Hassan Muhammad Duqo was inserted instead.

The media office pointed out to the media and social networking sites to “the danger of spreading such false news that exposes its promoters to legal prosecution.”

Attached to the statement was the forged copy of the decree and the original one .