Patriarch Urges Prompt Freedom to Geagea, Lebanon August 2, 2004

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea

The head of Lebanon’s Maronite Church has renewed his plea for a prompt release of Lebanese Forces commander Samir Geagea from jail, asserting such a move would help bring about a true national reconciliation and stamp out the lingering animosities of the civil war.

Patriarch Sfeir was responding to a delegation from Bisharre, Geagea’s hometown, that visited him at his Diman summer residence Sunday, seeking redoubled efforts to end Geagea’s plight of 10 years in solitary confinement at the Defense Ministry prison in Yarze, the Beirut media reported Monday.

“The persistent incarceration of Samir Geagea is a sin no longer acceptable and is a crime against a large segment of the Lebanese people,” orated the leader of the visiting delegation Chadi Dirani.

“We have demanded more than once what you are demanding now,” the patriarch responded. “We hope that the affair will be resolved by those who are supposed to listen to prove that they have listened and heeded your hope and the hope of many Lebanese that Samir Geagea and Lebanon are set free.”

The patriarch also expressed his hope for a “comprehensive reconciliation covering the entire people of Lebanon so that no one would feel he is a stranger in his country.”

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