Al-Akhbar: Al-Shamsi is arrested and Al-Sabhan is under investigation .. “The Curse of Lebanon” brings down the feet of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in Lebanon and Iraq

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Ibrahim Al-Amin wrote in the news:

It is the “curse of Lebanon” that affects, intentionally or unintentionally, everyone who tries to harm this country, whether they are external enemies or agents working against Lebanon’s interest or in the service of the Israeli enemy, and whether their work is direct or through spreading sedition and incitement. On the resistance and the buying of debts, many representatives of Arab and foreign countries and associations intervene in the name of supporting civil society and non-governmental organizations.

In the past five years, the Lebanese have known two personalities who took the diplomatic character as a cover for a security work par excellence. One of them, Hamad Al Shamsi, served as the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Beirut. The second, he held the position of military attache at the Saudi embassy in Beirut and then a representative of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Thamer al-Sabhan.

Al Shamsi is the man of false relationships
Al-Shamsi, who moved from Beirut to work as his country’s ambassador to Egypt and as a delegate at the Arab League, has kept in touch with the activities of the Lebanese arena. He previously announced his doctorate in history from Beirut Arab University. The man was famous for his activism in the field of public relations, and everyone avoided talking about his “women’s adventures” that he continued in Egypt and caused him great problems. He worked in Beirut to build a wide network of relations with politicians, media, arts, celebrities and even security men in official security services. It was known as a source of financial support for hundreds of parties, associations, institutions, personalities, and the media and art. He worked with an Emirati security figure (who held a diplomatic status) to build a network of Lebanese “collaborators” who built a security data centered on Hezbollah and the resistance and its supporters and supporters in the Lebanese and Emirati arenas. He also used his diplomatic position in Beirut to use agents of his country, including those who work Official security agencies, in order to collect data that were converted into files, which the Abu Dhabi government invoked to expel dozens of Lebanese and Palestinians from emirates in the United Arab Emirates on the pretext of working with Hezbollah or Hamas.
Al-Shamsi was replaced in 2015 as his country’s ambassador to Lebanon, and he remained in his position until the end of last year, before moving last February to Cairo as his country’s ambassador and delegate to the Arab League. Since no successor was appointed to him in Beirut, the ambassador’s duties were distributed to more than one person, leaving him to continue communicating with several Lebanese personalities, especially in the media field.
Weeks ago, Cairo was buzzing with news of Al Shamsi’s involvement in various scandals. And stories spread in the Egyptian capital about immoral relations and about being caught once in a state of extreme drunkenness and was talking about politics and insulting the Egyptian government, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and prominent official security leaders, and he boasts that his country has great influence in all Egyptian state institutions because of the money it spends . It later emerged that the Egyptian authorities, as part of their security services’ work to combat the antiquities trade, had found evidence linking Al Shamsi to smuggling antiquities from Egypt and selling them to individuals or at international auctions in Europe. After extensive investigations, the evidence was documented and it was found that he was using his capacity as an ambassador, and even the diplomatic bag, to carry out this operation, in addition to using the name of Hamad Mubarak Al Shamsi, the former director of the Security Service, to facilitate his fraudulent operations, which caused the involvement of a number of high-ranking officials in decision centers in Abu Dhabi. .

After the Egyptian intelligence documented all the personal files, thefts and the words attributed to him by women who had a private relationship with him, Cairo asked the authorities in Abu Dhabi to initiate practical steps, so Al-Shamsi was transferred “undercover” to Abu Dhabi, where he is still under arrest.
After his arrest and the UAE security forces having to investigate all his activities, someone was sent to Beirut to check his service files. Concerned sources say that an audit of the accounts and the financial relations that he was entrusted with with Lebanese personalities and parties and with media professionals and media revealed a big scandal, as he was recording that he paid this or that a certain amount of money, while he was paying a part of the money or He doesn’t pay it at all. It was also found that complaints had reached Emirati officials, some of which were from women who said that Al Shamsi had married them, and had made them apartments on the basis that he had bought them for them, before it later turned out that they were rented apartments after their owners appeared after the payment of rent allowances to them had stopped.
The sources indicate that the scandal may go beyond these limits, to the level of cooperation in currency laundering operations between Beirut and Abu Dhabi, in addition to other suspicions, especially since the UAE security authorities had arrested one of Al Shamsi’s colleagues who worked in a security capacity in Beirut for a long time, and his family was informed that he He was tried and convicted of recruiting for Hezbollah in Lebanon, and news leaked about an intention to execute him.
A Lebanese security official said that he was aware of the developments of Al Shamsi’s files and that Emirati parties had requested cooperation in some matters, but Abu Dhabi refuses to disclose the matter now, and fears that the scandal will affect dozens, if not hundreds, of Lebanese people whom people know as media professionals, politicians, politicians and activists. and activists, all of whom were constantly confronting the mission of attacking Hezbollah and Iran.

Al-Sabhan is the hated man of Saudi Arabia
The series of scandals is not limited to the former UAE ambassador to Lebanon, but also includes the Saudi diplomat, Thamer Al-Sabhan. The latter is an officer at the rank of brigadier general in the Saudi armed forces, assigned with tasks of a political-security nature under diplomatic cover in a number of countries, and served as the military attaché of Saudi Arabia in Lebanon, before he was later appointed ambassador to his country in Iraq, then was promoted to the rank of Minister of State for Gulf Affairs. The Arab Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Sabhan, who was expelled from Baghdad, was still present in the minds of Iraqis, despite the passage of years since the Iraqi Foreign Ministry requested his replacement, in August 2016, after a great controversy sparked by his actions, which were described as provocative, seductive and undiplomatic. While al-Sabhan spoke, prior to his expulsion, of a plot to assassinate him at the hands of “Iran’s arms”, the Iraqis accused him of fanning sectarianism, buying loyalties and playing on contradictions, to the extent that Iyad Allawi, a friend of Saudi Arabia, described his statements as “disturbing.” Al-Sabhan was famous for distributing money to buy the loyalties of many politicians, the elite and the powerful. His work was distinguished by the expansion of his “generous” activity from the arena of the “Sunni component” to the arena of the “Shiite component,” where he won over a number of politicians and activists. But in the end, his rudeness and lack of experience shaped the Saudi role in Iraq, as is the case with his experience in the Lebanese file, although the information indicates that he continued for a while after his expulsion from Baghdad holding the Iraqi file, and he frequented Jordan, where he resumed his interventions in Baghdad affairs, especially Regarding the elections, he met Iraqi politicians there.

Al-Sabhan’s work focused on “combating the influence of Iran and its groups” in the Arab region. He had a prominent role in the strife and the security and political problems that accompanied the campaign against Hezbollah and the resistance in Lebanon, in addition to his role in the bloody strife in Iraq. He was also a member of the Arab-International Security Chamber, which coordinates operations against Iran, Syria and Iraq, which has its headquarters in Amman, Jordan. It was famous that every visit he made to Amman ends with him carrying large bags loaded with the money he spends in Iraq in particular. He made a great effort there to compete with the Qatari influence within the Arab clans in Iraq, especially since he came from the Shammar tribe.
During the period of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s arrest, al-Sabhan’s role emerged in building a network of collaborators from politicians, media professionals and clerics in Lebanon, most of whom defected from Hariri. He was personally in charge of communicating with several parties in Lebanon, in order to install Baha Hariri as a replacement for his brother. He was the one who organized the famous interview of Prime Minister Hariri with Al-Mustaqbal TV (12/11/2017), and personally chose (resigned MP and former media person) Paula Yacoubian to carry out this mission.
The latest news from Riyadh indicates that a large security-financial file has been opened for al-Sabhan, and it is rumored that he is under arrest or under house arrest. But what is certain is that he is under investigation, and a number of those close to him, both family and career, have been arrested on suspicion of embezzling millions of dollars of funds in his custody, which were intended to provide aid to media parties and political parties in Iraq and Lebanon. The disappearance of a quantity of money that was transferred from Jordan to Iraq during his years of service there as an ambassador, or as a follow-up to the file of relations with Iran’s opponents and the Popular Mobilization in Iraq, has been verified. A major scandal related to Al-Sabhan in the Kurdish file is being traded in Erbil. And the possibility of his involvement in a role in feeding Kurdish groups against Turkey and Qatar.
Visitors to the Saudi capital say that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the lifting of immunity for everyone who worked with al-Sabhan in the files of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, the investigation of all those who worked in the Baghdad, Beirut and Amman offices and those who worked under his command in sensitive military and security centers, and a review of all private financial data. His work, and communication with Lebanese, Iraqi, Jordanian and Syrian authorities to match some financial figures. Bin Salman insists on the operation in the context of holding accountable “those who bear responsibility for the failure of the Kingdom’s policies in these countries,” according to the visitors, who said that the Al-Sabhan file is still being discussed in a narrow framework, and that it is not possible to be certain of his fate or the results of the ongoing investigations.

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