BEIRUT: Public Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud Tuesday transferred to the criminal investigation division a lawsuit filed against controversial MP Khaled Daher over stirring sectarian strife and offending religious beliefs, a judicial source told The Daily Star.
The complaint, filed by Free Patriotic Movement activist Fouad Chehab earlier this month, accused the Salafist-inspired Daher of inciting sectarian tensions, harming national unity and offending religious beliefs.
Daher drew sharp criticism from allies and rivals alike for saying that Christians should have had to remove their religious symbols, including crosses and statues of the Christ, before Muslims were compelled to take down their Islamic black banners in Tripoli.
A copy of the recording showing Daher making the comments before a crowd of supporters in Tripoli was attached to the lawsuit documents, the source said.
“The prosecutor asked the investigation division to transcribe the recording of Daher’s comments to decide whether it constituted a crime and violation of the law,” the source added.
He resigned from the parliamentary Future bloc in light of the controversy. The March 14 bloc has distanced itself from the MP’s comments.
Daher later apologized to Christians, saying his statement was misunderstood and that he did not intend to offend anyone. He also said he respects all religions.
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