In a televised parliament session, the Syrian speaker Mahmoud al-Abrash has called on the Justice Minister to put Former Vice President Abdel-Halim
Khaddam on trial for treason after a unanimous vote was held in the parliament. Mr Khaddam pubicly broke with President Bashar al-Assad and speaking
from paris, where he went after resigning in June, Mr Khaddam stated that Mr Assad had threatened former Lebanes Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri who
was assassinated in February.
Mr Khaddam, who moved to Paris after resigning in June, accused the government of making political blunders in Lebanon and of failing to deliver
economic and political reforms at home, leaving millions of Syrians to go hungry.
"I ask the Syrian leadership to try him ... for humiliating 10 million Syrians when he said half of the Syrian people are eating from the garbage,"
legislator Umeima Faddoul told the parliament session.
"I tell him, those who eat from the garbage are traitors like you ... Treason is the darkest shade of black."
Mr Khaddam told Al Arabiya television in an interview aired on Friday that Mr Assad had threatened Mr Hariri before he was assassinated.
A veteran aide to Bashar's father, the late Hafez al-Assad who ruled Syria for 30 years, Mr Khaddam would not speculate on who had ordered Mr
Hariri's murder, saying "we must wait" for the results of a United Nations inquiry that has already implicated senior Syrian officials.
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Interesting. He may be blowing hot wind or he may be correct in his accusations. Is it treasonous really if you do know that your president did
threaten a man who was assassinated and to speak out about it? You are not betraying your country at all really and are not being treasonous. Everyone
has the right and duty to keep the Government straight and honest and to speak out against corruption, this should not be interpreted as teason.
If however he is a sore loser over some issue and just casting aspersions to get his own then yes he is being treasonous in a way that he is lying and
deceiving. But where is the deception coming from here, the Government, Khaddam or another hidden source behind all this?
[edit on 31-12-2005 by Mayet]