Jumblat Supports Geagea’s Release April 1, 2004

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea

Walid Jumblat says he does not oppose the release of Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea from jail to join in consolidating Lebanon’s post-war national reconciliation, but the Karami and Chamoun families have first to forgive him. “I have no problem against Samir Geagea’s freedom,” Jumblat said in a question-and-answer session with the students of Notre Dame University Wednesday evening. His remarks were splashed across the front pages of several Beirut dailies that hit the newsstands Thursday morning.

“But the Karami and Chamoun families have first to declare whether they are willing to forgive,” Jumblat said in an obvious reference to Geagea’s alleged involvement in the separate assassinations of ex-Premier Rashid Karami and National Liberal Party leader Danny Chamoun.

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