Prosecutor-General Adnan Addoum is considering legal proceedings against Gen. Aoun’s supporters and Samir Geagea’s Lebanese Forces in America for calling Lebanon a terrorist country that should be attacked by the United States.
Addoum’s move came in response to a call from Speaker Berri, who denounced “those trying to slander Lebanon abroad, whose treason has reached the level of spending hundreds of million dollars to brand their own country as terrorist.”
The ad appeared in the Washington Times and was attributed to the Council of American-Lebanese Organizations. Addoum said he had asked for a copy of the add to decide on the grounds for the legal proceedings.
The Washington Times add came a day after a $1 million advertisement the Lebanese government had ran in five leading American dailies to proclaim solidarity with the people of the United States against terrorism.
Addoum has also revealed that Interpol had asked him for data about 20 foreigners in the framework of the investigation into the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington Sept. 11.
He said the list included no prominent names in Lebanon, no even Abu Mohjen. “I will release the names soon to guard against any misinterpretation that might hurt Lebanon’s image,” Addoum said.
The Interpol request sought whatever data the Lebanese authorities possessed about the 20 suspects foreigners in term of fingerprints, police records, passports and transit visas.