The Lebanese Judiciary Takes Shiite Imam to Court For Meeting With Israelis

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The Lebanese judiciary on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in opposition to Shiite cleric against Hezbollah, Sayyed Ali Al-Amin, for “meeting with Israeli officials” throughout his participation in a convention of religions held in Bahrain final yr, which occurred to be additionally attended by Jewish clerics coming from the occupied land.

Amin was the Mufti of Tyre and Jabal Amel earlier than 2006, and took a political place in 2007 in assist of former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, within the wake of the resignation of Shiite ministers from the federal government on the time.

He was expelled from the South in 2008, “by force of arms,” as he stated in earlier statements. Shortly after his participation within the interfaith convention in Bahrain in 2019, the cleric’s opponents launched a political marketing campaign in opposition to him, whereas Hezbollah thought-about his move as “a serious insult to the legacy of religious scholars who had and still have a prominent role in resisting the occupation and rejecting normalization with it.”

The Supreme Islamic Shiite Council in Lebanon took a choice to dismiss Amin from his duties at Dar al-Ifta al-Jaafari, as a result of he “worked to fuel internal strife among the Lebanese, and because of his normalization vision with the occupation.”

On Tuesday, the general public prosecutor’s workplace in Mount Lebanon filed a lawsuit in opposition to Amin for “meeting Israeli officials in Bahrain”.

The lawsuit accuses the cleric of “meeting Israeli officials in Bahrain, continuously attacking the resistance and its martyrs, inciting strife between sects, sowing discord and sedition, and violating the Sharia laws of the Jaafari sect.”

In a phone name with Amin, Siniora expressed his condemnation and denunciation of the judiciary’s move. “It seems that those, who claim concern for the independence of the judicial authorities, are working to strike the remaining reputation and image of the judiciary in Lebanon,” he stated.

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