Syria issues warrant for Lebanese MP Jumblatt

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 22, 2006 23:27

A Syrian military prosecutor issued an arrest warrant Monday for a prominent Lebanese lawmaker charged with inciting the US to invade Syria, a lawyer said. Syrian authorities referred the warrant to Interpol, requesting that Walid Jumblatt by brought to Syria "by force," attorney Hossam al-Deen Habash told The Associated Press. Habash, who originally pressed the case against Jumblatt, said the warrant was based on summons reported by Lebanese newspapers, which Syria considered as "proof of notifying" Jumblatt. Lebanon's prosecutor general received the court summons for Jumblatt and two other men, but has yet to formally notify them - a process that can take weeks or months. After formal notification, the three have a week to appear before the Syrian court, Habash said. The lawsuit began after Jumblatt gave an interview to The Washington Post in January, in which he responded to a question about what he wanted from the United States by saying: "You came to Iraq in the name of the majority. You can do the same thing in Syria."


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