Khaddam’s Office: The Public Prosecution’s claim highlights the scale of the collapse in Syria

publisher: المستقبل

Publishing date: 2006-04-12

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The media office of former Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam issued a statement in which he refuted the claim of the Military Public Prosecution in Syria of seven charges against Khaddam, and considered that this matter highlights “the extent of the collapse that the situation has reached in Syria.” The following is the text of the statement.

The Military Public Prosecution in Damascus filed a case against Mr. Abdel Halim Khaddam, which included seven criminal charges. The media office of Mr. Abdel Halim Khaddam would like to clarify the following:
1 - The first accusation stated that it was plotting against a foreign country to push it to initiate aggression against Syria and provide the means for that. The accusation did not announce who this foreign country was, how it was contacted, where and with whom, and how this false and alleged information arrived.

2 - The second charge is the usurpation of political and civil authority. The accusation did not specify the method and elements to carry out this usurpation, and at the same time the regime itself was the result of a usurpation by military force. The call to change the regime came through the people, and this is what Mr. Khaddam confirmed and what the National Salvation Front confirmed is a call to restore the Syrian people. His authority is achieved through peaceful means and not through the use of force as was the case in the past
3 - The accusation considers meeting with the Arabic magazine Al-Sunara, which is published by an Arab in Israel, a crime. So what about the President of the regime, Bashar al-Assad, receiving members of the Israeli Knesset, and some of them were transmitting messages between him and the Israeli intelligence? What about the warm handshake with the Israeli president during the funeral of the late Pope in the Vatican, and what about the meetings that took place in Europe with the circle close to the regime and with Israelis? What about the message that regime President Bashar al-Assad sent to Ehud Olmert?
4 - The fourth charge talks about actions, writings, and speeches that were not sanctioned by the Syrian government, and about false testimony. Doesn’t the president of the regime know that Mr. Khaddam was speaking at leadership meetings and party conferences in his presence and in the presence of his father before him about the badness and corruption of the regime? Is it not ironic that any Syrian is told that it is forbidden to express his opinion except after the approval of the authority? Is this not clear evidence of the great prison in which the Syrian people are imprisoned?

As for the issue of false testimony, the Military Public Prosecution or others have no right to challenge the testimony because it took place before the International Investigation Committee, which is responsible for evaluating this testimony. In any case, the results of the investigations will be issued soon and it will become clear who is the liar.
5 - The fifth charge is exposing Syria to hostile actions without the prosecution talking about these actions, their source, and their mechanisms. Is revealing the facts before the Syrians what is meant by that? Isn't it the president of the regime, with his adventurous decisions for the sake of narrow interests, who put Syria in danger? Wasn't he the one who caused the issuance of Resolution 1559 because of his decision to extend the extension for Lebanese President Emile Lahoud?

6- The accusation talks about Mr. Khaddam disturbing the relations between Syria and another country without mentioning who this country is, and how and when the disturbance occurred?
7 - As for the accusation of undermining the state’s prestige, does the state have any prestige left in light of the control of the regime’s president’s family and his relatives over its agencies and institutions, the state’s resources, and people’s freedoms? Does the state have any prestige left after the regime weakened it, broke national unity, and impoverished the country? Do Syrians have a state left that they fear for its prestige? Does the regime of oppression and corruption represent national sentiment?

The state has prestige when it has true democratic institutions, when the people are the source of power, when government agencies are concerned with people’s issues and their livelihood, and when their freedoms are the difference between the state and the usurping authority. When the state in Syria is the state of the people and not the authority of the family, then the state has prestige and is a source of national attraction and a source of people’s hopes
The invitation filed by the Military Attorney General before the Military Court highlights the extent of the collapse that the situation has reached in Syria, and he has no choice but to resort to such methods to intimidate and terrorize people and put them before one option, which is to remain silent and accept injustice and corruption, because if they express their opinions, they will be accused of conspiring against the state and cooperating. With the foreigner

All Syrians know the national history of Mr. Abdul Halim Khaddam, who declared repeatedly, as did the National Salvation Front and other national opposition forces in Syria, that change must be Syrian and that seeking help from a foreigner is unacceptable because the Syrian people are the ones who must change the corrupt regime and they are the ones who decide their fate and future. "
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