BEIRUT: The Lebanese Forces lost Thursday their case seeking ownership and control of broadcasting station LBCI, more than a decade after initial proceedings kicked off.
Beirut Judge Fatima Al-Jouni ruled to drop all charges against LBCI chairman Pierre Daher while calling on the Lebanese Forces to incur all legal fees.
Daher had claimed that Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea transferred ownership of the station over to him in 1992 as political and financial pressure mounted on the LF in the leadup to his incarceration following the Lebanese civil war.
Geagea, meanwhile, argued 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.
Geagea filed the lawsuit in 2007 following his release from an 11-year stint in prison after Syrian forces were ousted from Lebanon.
The Lebanese Forces now have 15 days to appeal the decision.
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