When the Lebanese Forces snipers were ordered by their leader, Samir Geagea, to open fire at the peaceful protesters in Tayouneh area on Thursday, October 14, they carried out the deadly plan which reflects a long history of criminality.
A history that a lengthy report would fall short of highlighting all Geagea atrocities and despicable history.
The Tayouneh crime brought into focus, yet again, the name of Geagea, which is synonymous with the history of Lebanon’s civil war – and with the horrific war crimes committed during those 15 years of strife.
Geagea was then a chief lieutenant for Bashir Gemayel but joined the Phalanges militia at the war’s onset.
All the most grotesque aspects of the civil war were pioneered by the Phalanges militia: massacres of thousands of civilians in Palestinian refugee camps, as well as in various Muslim and Druze villages; ethnic cleansing and sectarian killings on a massive scale which resulted in the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Muslims from East Beirut, and so forth.
In 1994, Geagea was tried and convicted for ordering four political assassinations, including the assassination of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rashid Karami in 1987, son of late President Suleiman Franjieh with his wife and daughter, and the unsuccessful attempted assassination of Defense Minister Michel Murr in 1991, and acquitted of Sayyidet Najet church bombing. He was sentenced to four death sentences, each of which was commuted to life in prison.
Geagea was also accused of assassinating National Liberal Party leader Dany Chamoun and his family, former LF member Elias Al Zayek, Monsignor Albert Khraish, a considerable number of the Lebanese Army officers, and a huge number of innocent civilians.
He used to carry out his crimes in treacherous manners that he used to reassure the victim before the murder in order to take him by surprise and attempt to conceal the corpse in a remote location to let the accusations be thrown on other suspects.
It is noteworthy that Geagea and all senior members of Bashir Gemayel’s staff received training in ‘Israel’.
Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper, published in the wake of Tayouneh crime a photoshopped image of Geagea in a Nazi uniform, depicting a Lebanese Hitler.
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Monday lashed out at the Lebanese Forces militia, advising its chief to abandon attempts to ignite a new civil war in Lebanon.
Seven martyrs and around 30 injured were reported during the armed attack carried out by the “Lebanese Forces” gunmen against peaceful protestors in Tayouneh area on Thursday, October 14. The protesters were demonstrating against the politicization of an investigation into Beirut Port.
Source: Al-Manar English Website