L’info qui a circulé aujourd’hui : Samaha serait revenu sur ses confessions, prétendant qu’il avait avoué sous la contrainte. Mais selon le Daily Star, cette information serait fausse :
Lebanese judicial sources denied Tuesday local media reports that former Information Minister Michel Samaha had recanted the confession he made during police interrogation.
“If reports that Samaha withdrew his earlier statements are true, therefore the military judge would have been convinced and Samaha would have been released,” one source told The Daily Star.
“But the mere fact that the arrest warrant is still in place for Samaha is proof that the reports are baseless,” the source added.
En même temps, la logique de cette « source judiciaire » est totalement farfelue : selon elle, si Samah s’était rétracté, le juge aurait été obligé de le libérer ? Ça n’a aucun sens.
La suite de l’article est plus intéressante : la version d’Al Manar (chaîne du Hezbollah, pro-syrien) :
Al-Manar said Samaha had confessed to transferring explosives from Syria to Lebanon with the aim of using them to prevent opponents of the Syrian regime from smuggling militants and weapons through Lebanon’s northern border, rather than to carry out a plot to destabilize the country.
Et selon Marada (également pro-syrien) :
Marada movement leader MP Sleiman Franjieh said Monday Samaha had confessed to attempting to target the Free Syrian Army and the routes to smuggle arms from Lebanon to Syria, adding that his confessions were manipulated by the Information Branch for political reasons.
Youssef Finyanous, one of Samaha’s lawyers, is a Marada movement member and Franjieh’s personal lawyer.
et enfin, ça va jaser :
Kfouri, who sources identified as having provided incriminating footage in the Samaha case, was reportedly flown outside the country just before the police raids on Samaha’s residences in Ashrafieh, Beirut, and Metn’s Khanshara-Jwar, for fear over his safety.