Hezbollah denounces the release of “Butcher Tents” due to American pressure



Amer Al-Fakhoury

Hizbullah condemned the pressure exerted by America to release Amer al-Fakhoury, the most prominent Israeli agent during its occupation of southern Lebanon, and said that forcing Beirut to release him “is ominous and calls for anger and condemnation.”

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On Monday, the Military Court in Lebanon issued a decision to release Amer Elias Fakhoury, the former commander of the Lahad militia, who worked with the Israeli occupation in the south of the country.

The return of Amer al-Fakhouri from the United States, where he stayed for many years through Beirut airport, in September 2019, caused widespread anger in Lebanon, due to his torture inside a former detainee in the town of Khiyam, to be called the “Butcher of Khiyam”.

The military court ruling ordered that Fakhoury, who also holds American citizenship, be stopped from the crime of torturing prisoners in Khiam, and causing the death of two of them.

The court considered that the crimes assigned to him “in terms of torturing prisoners in the year 1998 fell over ten years, and decided to release him immediately, unless he was arrested in another case.”

Commenting on the military court’s decision, Hezbollah issued a statement denouncing “American pressure and threats, secretly and publicly, to force Lebanon to release him,” describing the decision as “wrong and sinister” and “calling for regret, anger, and condemnation.”

The party considered that “this day is a sad day for Lebanon and for justice”, and called “the Lebanese judiciary to redress what has passed for the sake of its reputation and integrity, which has become a test of dignity and honor.”

Al-Fakhouri fled from southern Lebanon in 1998, two years before the Israeli withdrawal. In the same year, he was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison with hard labor, for being accused of being a laborer of Israel.

The United States exercised tremendous pressure in Al-Fakhouri’s file under the title of providing support to an American citizen, and this pressure was not confined to the American ambassador but also included officials from the American embassy in Beirut, and the matter reached the movement of members of the American Congress, and their contacts with Lebanese officials to demand the release of Al-Fakhouri Under the pretext that he entered Lebanon as an American citizen, and that what was attributed to him fell over time, American lawyers also sent “threatening letters to Lebanese ministers, warning that al-Fakhouri’s file was in the custody of members of Congress.”

Source: Lebanese newspapers


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