Sakr admits to weapons smuggling
Published Monday, December 3, 2012
Lebanon's Future Movement MP Okab Sakr admitted to dealing weapons to Syrian rebels in an interview published Monday in pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, several days after Al-Akhbar published transcripts and audio recordings of his phone conversations with leaders of armed groups.
“Yes, that is my voice and those are my words. I don't take back what I said,” Sakr told his interviewer, adding that he was “proud” to be delivering arms to fighters in their 20-month-long bid to topple the Syrian government.
It was long believed that Sakr was behind arms smuggling into Syria, something his party had ardently denied, insisting Sakr was vacationing in Belgium.
A Times investigation earlier this year discovered that Sakr was actually in Turkey where he had set up a control center to facilitate arms transfers on behalf of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
A source who had worked with Sakr to transfer the arms provided Al-Akhbar with audio recordings where the MP took weapons orders and organized drop offs with Syrian rebels.
The source told Al-Akhbar that he turned against Sakr after feeling that he “ruined the revolution with his crazy dealings.” He said that Sakr dealt arms to “mercenary killers” without ethical considerations.
Al-Akhbar published the transcripts and audio recordings in a three-part series.