Defense Attorneys: Geagea’s Prison Conditions Still Miserable June 11, 2003

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea

Samir Geagea’s defense attorneys have denied recent media reports that his prison conditions in nine years of solitary confinement at the defense ministry compound in Yarze had improved.

“There has been no change whatsoever in his prison condition at his defense ministry cell despite all efforts exerted to ease his plight,” the Defense lawyers said in a statement published by An Nahar Wednesday.

The leader of the Lebanese Forces, the Christian militia that changed into a political party after the 1975-1990 civil war, is serving a total of 120 years in jail under court verdicts that found him guilty of assassinating political rivals and scheming to partition Lebanon into sectarian mini-states.

The LF as well as Patriarch Nsrallah Sfeir have long contended that charges brought against Geagea since 1994 were all politically motivated because he had adamantly refused to serve in any of the Syrian-backed governments formed in Beirut after the civil war.

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