Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir has declared Lebanese Forces commander Samir Geagea’s imprisonment as “the cause of an entire nation in captivity.” The head of the Maronite Church made the declaration in the course of a Sunday sermon delivered at a mass he held in the chapel of his Bkirki seat for Geagea, who began his 11th year in solitary confinement in the defense ministry jail in Yarze.
An assortment of politicians, legislators and trade union leaders attended the packed mass at the invitation of the LF. Geagea’s wife, Strida, and his parents, Farid and Mary Geagea, were in the front row of the audience along with ex-President Amin Gemayel.
“No peace can prevail without justice,” the Patriarch said. “The cause of Dr. Samir Geagea is for many of the Lebanese the cause of a nation in captivity more than the cause of a citizen in jail.” Sfeir went on to say:
“With the lapse of 10 years on his presence in jail, we humbly pray to God to inspire us a collective course of action to achieve a comprehensive national reconciliation without which there is no hope for us to regain our tranquility and prosperity or for the return of those who have emigrated.”