Lebanon's President says PM Hariri's freedom restricted in Riyadh

Reuters , Sunday 12 Nov 2017

Michel Aoun
FILE PHOTO: Lebanese President Michel Aoun is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 7, 2017. (REUTERS)

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Sunday that Saad al-Hariri's freedom was being restricted in Riyadh, the first time the Lebanese government has publicly declared its belief that Saudi Arabia is holding its prime minister against his will.

Aoun said Hariri was living in "mysterious circumstances" in Riyadh which had "reached the degree of restricting (his) freedom" and "imposing conditions on his residency and on contact with him even by members of his family".

Aoun said this threw doubt over anything that Hariri has said, or will say, and his statements could not be considered as an expression of his full free will. Hariri is expected to give a televised interview later on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia has denied Hariri is being held against his will or that he had been forced to resign.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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