BEIRUT: Another legal hearing over the ownership of local broadcasting station LBCI was scheduled for October 8, after Beirut Judge Fatima Al-Jouni listened to testimony from both Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and LBCI chairman Pierre Daher.
Geagea attended Friday the legal hearing almost a month after he missed a previous session citing security concerns. The LF leader appeared as a key witness alongside Karim Bakradouni, who headed the Kataeb Party from 2001 until 2007, after tight security measures were implemented in and around the courtroom at the Justice Palace.
All three individuals provided testimony since the court proceedings kicked off at 11 am, with both Geagea and Daher staking their claim to the station.
Geagea maintained that Daher had paid $5 million to the Lebanese Forces' National Fund instead of purchasing the broadcasting network, before arguing that his party is the legitimate owner.
LF MP and lawyer George Adwan, who represented the party's chief at previous hearings, had requested that the hearing be held at the party's headquarters in Maarab where Geagea resides to ensure his safety.
Daher claims that Geagea transferred ownership of station over to him as political and financial pressure mounted on the LF in the leadup to Geagea's 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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