Lebanese Christian politician Samir Gega has denied responsibility for killing Hezbollah supporters in a clash in Beirut on October 14.
Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanese Forces Party leader Samir Gega has been summoned to testify to military intelligence about the deadly Beirut clashes in early October, a judicial source told Al Jazeera.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on hundreds of supporters of Hezbollah and its ally Amal Movement Party during a demonstration at Beirut’s Justice Palace on October 14, sparking hours of clashes that left at least seven fighters and civilians dead and more than 30 injured.
Protesters rallied to demand the removal of a judge investigating last year’s devastating Beirut port bombing.
Gega is the main political opponent of Iran-backed Hezbollah and Amal. Both alleged that the attackers shot at his supporters during a protest by his party colleagues.
Lebanese forces have repeatedly denied the allegations.
Geagea is scheduled to appear at the Defense Ministry on Wednesday morning. Authorities attached a notice to the entrance gate of his residence, when his guards said he was not at home and not accepting visitors.
“Gezia was summoned to testify on the basis of statements made by several detainees belonging to the Lebanese Forces Party,” a judicial source said on Monday. “He is not being brought in as a witness, suspect or accused.”
Earlier Monday, government commissioner Military Court Judge Fadi Akiki indicted 68 people for the October 14 violence – 18 of whom are currently incarcerated – on charges of murder, attempted murder, communal strife, incitement and possession of unlicensed war weapons. Damages private and government property.
Gegeya said in a televised interview last week that he was ready to testify in a military court, but only if Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave his first testimony.
Nasrallah accused Gegear of trying to drag Lebanon into civil war.
“The real program of the Lebanese Forces Party is the civil war,” Nasrallah said in a speech on October 18.
“They have no problem in causing incidents that lead to bloodshed… even if it leads to a large-scale military conflict in the civil war.”
Residents say the conflict has been compared to violence during Lebanon’s brutal civil war from 1975 to 1990.