The Information Office of the Presidency of the Republic issued the following statement:
Regarding some media dealing with the file of Prince Abdul Mohsen bin Walid bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, nicknamed Prince of Captagon, and the alleged role of His Excellency President of the Republic General Michel Aoun in releasing him and lifting the travel ban. Allegations that amount to defamation and moral assault on the office of the presidency, clarify the following:
First: On 10/26/2015, the Emir was arrested after trying to leave Rafic Hariri International Airport on board a private plane, trying to smuggle 1900 kilograms of Captagon in his luggage.
Second: On March 27, 2019, the Criminal Court in Mount Lebanon issued a ruling against him.
Third: On April 26, 2020, he was released at the end of his sentence, with a travel ban.
Fourth: On May 2, 2020, a special pardon request for the Emir was submitted to the office of the Presidency of the Republic from the Minister of Justice, submitted by him and registered under the number 142 / p / 2019.
Fifth: On July 21, 2020, the special pardon request received from the Ministry of Justice was returned, with the President’s decision to reject it and to “reject the request for pardon according to the opinion of the Pardon Committee.” (Link to the document)
Sixth: On the same date, that is, on July 21, 2020, the Attorney General of the Appeal in Beirut lifted the travel ban for the aforementioned Emir, who left Lebanon on July 24, 2020.
Faced with these irrefutable facts, the Information Office in the Presidency of the Republic is interested in drawing the attention of all media outlets to the necessity of obtaining information from their sources before accusing anyone, in order to avoid stirring emotions out of their place, misleading public opinion and causing moral assault on the target whoever is.