Judge postpones court hearing over LBCI ownership

LF MP and lawyer George Adwan, who represented Geagea, requested that the hearing be held at the party's headquarters in Maarab.
by Georgi Azar

14 May 2018 | 14:38

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 14 May 2018 | 14:38

LBC was initially founded in 1985 during the Lebanese Civil War by the Lebanese Forces (Annahar Photo)

BEIRUT: A legal hearing over the ownership of local broadcasting station LBCI was postponed until June 22 after Lebanese Forces (LF) leader Samir Geagea missed the proceeding citing security concerns. 

LF MP and lawyer George Adwan, who represented Geagea, requested that the hearing be held at the party's headquarters in Maarab. 

Adwan asked for the hearing to take place in Maarab, where Geagea resides, to maintain the LF leader's safety. 

"Everyone knows that Geagea is under threat, he's been under strict security for years and was targetted not too long ago," Adwan said, adding that "we'll not give enemies of the state the opportunity to undermine the stability of the country."

Geagea claimed he was targetted by a sniper in April 2012 when shots were fired at his Maarab residence. 

LBCI chairman Pierre Daher's lawyer Naoum Farah rebuked the request, saying that it might affect the court's proceedings while calling for the hearing to be held on "neutral ground,"  

Beirut Judge Fatima Al-Jouni announced that a decision over the location of the hearing would be taken within a week. 

Daher acknowledged "Geagea's delicate security situation," yet cast doubt on his claims after "he attended numerous celebrations" held across Lebanon. 

"If Geagea insists on confronting us in Maarab instead of the Justice Palace, then we'll insist on holding the proceedings at the LBCI studios." 

Daher claims that Geagea transferred ownership of station over to him as political and financial pressure mounted on the LF in the leadup to his incarceration following the Lebanese civil war. 

Geagea was released after 11 years in prison and immediately staked his claim to the now international broadcasting company. 


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