Press Conference – Okab Saker 06/12/2012

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Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc MP Oqab Saqr challenged the Syrian government and his Lebanese foes on Thursday to prove that he was providing rebels with weapons after he broadcast the original tapes in which reports said he was striking a deal to arm the fighters.

OTV and al-Akhbar newspaper, both close to the Hizbullah-led March 8 majority coalition, broadcast and printed a three-part series of the recordings in which the lawmaker allegedly discussed arrangements to ship arms supplies to the Syrian opposition.

But during a press conference he held in Istanbul on Thursday, Saqr said the audiotapes were stolen from two computers and only partially broadcast.

The MP broadcast instead several of the original tapes. In one of them he told a rebel identified as Abu Nehman that he supported the Syrian revolution but did not provide arms to the rebels after the man asked for “iron.”

Saqr said he was negotiating with Abu Nehman the release of the remaining Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria’s Aazaz but OTV and al-Akhbar cut the recordings to accuse him that he was striking an arms deal.

Nine Lebanese remain kidnapped in Syria since May after two of them were released in August and September.

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