BEIRUT: Dozens of cars bearing the image of resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi
made their way from Akkar to the northern city of Tripoli Sunday.
is a former police chief who resigned as justice minister recently to protest the power over the government held by Hezbollah, the heavily armed Shiite group backed by Iran.
He addressed Rifi
saying that the statements he had made do not spare him the responsibility for the torture ongoing in the Lebanese jails, adding that neither his attitudes nor poor morals represent the mentality and morals of the brotherly people of Lebanon.
is now accepting applications and granting scholarships for the seminar.
Ali described the allegation as "strange" and said Rifi
"did not provide any evidence to prove it," according to daily AN NAHAR Saturday.
While Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader MP Michel Aoun praised Suleiman's decision to act against Internal Security Forces (ISF) chief Major General Ashraf Rifi
for disobeying caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud's order to withdraw members of the ISF's Information Branch from a building affiliated with the Telecommunications Ministry where the network is based, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea criticized the decision, praising Rifi
as the "most disciplined officer.
BEIRUT: Resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi
filed an official request Sunday calling for the state to expel the Syrian ambassador to Lebanon.
In a report by CNN, Rifi
said he was "shocked" that he was being targeted.
responded by defending the ISF's actions in their fight against spy networks and criticized Nicolas' soft position regarding collaboration with Israel.
Summary: A stunning victory in the municipal elections by a list backed by resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi
has jolted the political landscape in the north, raising fears of sectarian tensions in Lebanon's second city of Tripoli.
The head of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF), Major General Ashraf Rifi
says drug trafficking in Lebanon will no longer be tolerated and announced that there will be soon be a severe clamp down by security forces.
NNA - Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi
said on Saturday that Tripoli succeeded in encountering all the challenges, mainly the security one, explaining that "No city can ever start economic development or a regular life cycle except through eliminating the security challenge, and I hope that we've succeeded in that.