Former Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi on Tuesday accused Hezbollah of torpedoing negotiations for the release of Lebanese soldiers held hostage and murdered by the Islamic State group, saying that the deals made with both ISIS and the Nusra Front allowed militants to evade arrest and trial.
"No one will govern Lebanon other than the Lebanese state," he said in a press conference. Rifi voiced support for former Prime Minister Tammam Salam and former Army commander Jean Kahwagi, saying they are both "a red line."
"Do not play with fire," he said.
Rifi echoed Salam's request to disclose the minutes of the government sessions held following the kidnapping of the servicemen, accusing the government of being an accomplice to the deals with with the terrorist groups by standing idly by while Hezbollah took charge of the negotiations.
"Where is the dignity of the presidency, the institutions and the Constitution?" asked the former minister in an address to President Michel Aoun.