|Hezbollah criticized Monday the French authorities’ repeated tardiness in releasing Lebanese struggler George Ibrahim Abdallah, and considered it a result of “the American Administration’s blackmail campaign in this case”.
In a statement it issued, Hezbollah Media Relations indicated that “this new French measure is excessiveness in the series of oppression which this struggling hero is being exposed to, and which began with his arrest and continued with his detention without any legal document.”
Hezbollah further considered that “the French authorities’ constant surrender to the American Administration and the Zionist entity’s desires and considering them orders that must be implemented, show the meagerness of all these authorities’ claims of sovereignty and freedom of decision.”
The party stressed that the “French stance reassures the falsity of all claims about judiciary’s independence and the value of justice’s supremacy in western countries whose leaders lecture on law, values, and equality before justice.”
From here, Hezbollah welcomed talks about releasing Abdallah, and assured that “if this release took place, it would be a victory for right, and recognition to the abusiveness in his arrest and jail.”
It assured that the latter should follow up this topic and its developments, and take the right actions to confront the American and Zionist blatant absolutism, and the French droop.
Hezbollah also called for “the widest political and public campaign of solidarity with struggler Abdallah during the coming decisive period in his case.”
Lebanese Freedom Fighter George Ibrahim Abdallah was expected to be released today from his French prison and heading to his homeland Lebanon , but the French minister of Interior did not sign the decree of his release that was granted by the French court . French Ministers do not respect the authority of their own court let alone the rights of other people . The US administration exerted great efforts and great pressures over the French administration to prevent the release of Comrade Abdallah and one would wonder how US, with all its economical political problem, has found time to dedicate to a Freedom fighter who has been incarcerated for 29 years without evidence that he is implicated in any crimes he is accused of . This whole story is that of oppression and injustice , and what is meant is not George Abdallah since he was not guilty of anything he is accused of and did not commit any crime . What is meant is suppressing the Spirit of the Resistance that was manifest in George Abdallah which is the reason why he has not been released today .There is a message here that should be decoded and a lesson that we are supposed to learn as Lebanese, as Arabs , as freedom fighters , we should learn that this is an unforgivable crime to seek liberation and freedom and maybe George Abdallah is being punished for the so called crime committed by the Lebanese Resistance which is to have overcome Israel and its US and European allies and liberated the land and taught Israel and its allies an unforgettable lesson . Anything that represents Resistance and speaks in the name of such Resistance is to be suppressed, anything that is not recognition and normalization and surrender is to be punished. George Abdallah is one of the symbols of such an active Resistance that started with the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and was resumed on the international scale trying to target the enemy wherever he is found .
Abdallah’s actual illegal detention against the court decision is another aspect of the war between Lebanon and the world order and France in this particular instance. This war has for core the independence and autonomy and integrity of our land and of our people and for goal the will of Lebanon in not leaving any Freedom fighters incarcerated and detained by the enemy. We want Lebanon to be up to the challenge again and we want freedom for George Abdallah .
Some demonstrators began hurling eggs and rocks at the embassy after shutting down traffic to demand the political prisoner’s immediate release following his 28-year imprisonment in France.
“O France, you son of a bitch! Georges Abdallah is in our hearts!” the crowd chanted in Arabic.
Graffiti sprayed on walls facing the embassy read: “France = American whore,” and “Freedom to Georges Abdallah.”
Georges’ brother, Joseph, urged the demonstrators not to resort to violence, and called for them to respect the law.
Lebanese security forces later barricaded the embassy and confined the protesters to a rectangular area inside metal barriers.
The protesters have also begun setting up tents, vowing to launch an open-ended sit-in.
France’s interior minister refused to sign an expulsion order Monday to repatriate Abdallah to Lebanon where thousands of his supporters had expected to welcome him home.
French officials are now scheduled to meet on January 28 to formalize Abdallah’s parole, but his supporters fear the postponement is a first step to renew his detention.
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati reportedly told the French ambassador in a telephone call Monday that the postponement was “unjustified.”
Lebanon’s foreign minister Adnan Mansour summoned French envoy Patrice Paoli for a Tuesday meeting over the issue.
Abdallah was granted parole on 21 November 2012. Prosecutors in December appealed the decision, but the ruling was upheld in court on Thursday despite US and Israeli pressure to keep him locked up.
He has remained in prison since 1984 over complicity in the killings two years earlier of an American military officer and an Israeli diplomat.
He was handed a life sentence in 1987 despite the absence of concrete evidence to implicate him in the murders.
Demonstrators condemned a statement earlier Monday by Samir al-Jisr, a senior official from the Western-backed Future Movement and former justice minister, describing Abdallah as a “criminal.”
Abdallah was last granted parole in 2003, but a similar appeal struck down the decision.
The United States as recently as Friday renewed its calls for France to block the release, saying that Abdallah continues to pose a threat.
Lebanese Rally at French Embassy to Protest Delay in Freeing Abdallah