Omar Karami ‘outraged’ as Geagea sentence commuted (June 28, 1999)

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea

Tripoli MP Omar Karami has expressed outrage at the judiciary’s verdict against former warlord Samir Geagea. Geagea was sentenced to death for masterminding the 1987 killing of Karami’s brother, then-Premier Rashid Karami. The sentence was commuted t o life with hard labor. “I certainly cannot protest the judiciary’s convictions but I was nevertheless surprised at the sentence”, Karami said at a news conference in Tripoli. Signaling his disappointment of the verdict, Karami said : “The blood of Rashid Karami is not only that of my brother, but that of a former prime minister who ruled and worked days and nights t o stand up against the conspiracy aimed at dividing Lebanon and destroying it”.

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