Syria vice president 'under house arrest'

2012-08-18 19:00

Beirut - A former Syrian minister who defected this year said on Saturday that it was "well-known" that Vice President Faruq Shara had tried to leave and was under house arrest.

The comments by former deputy oil minister Abdo Hussameddin came after the regime in Damascus denied opposition claims that Shara, the most senior Sunni Muslim official in President Bashar Assad's Alawite-led regime, had defected.

"Shara's position is well known. He has been trying to leave Syria," he told pan-Arab television Al-Arabiya.

"But there are a series of circumstances that prevent him from leaving, especially the fact that he has been under house arrest for some time," he said, adding that top level officials in Syria were being kept under surveillance.

Syrian state television had earlier quoted a statement from Shara's office saying: "Mr Shara has never thought about leaving the country or going anywhere."

Shara did not himself appear on the television.

Hussameddin defected in March, one of a string of defections that has included former prime minister Riad Hijab and high profile General Manaf Tlass - a childhood friend of Assad.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said earlier this week he had information that Assad's regime would be rocked by more "spectacular" defections soon.

  • shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-18 22:52

    its is 'well known' that when a story is not based on proof but if cleverly worded can cause a calculated amount of damage to the intended target! lets face it assad could just as easily have orchastrated the VP's death disguised as an attack by the opposition! ..... just saying!

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-08-19 00:10

    I feel sorry for his family. I doubt if he will be released alive.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-19 02:34

    Whatever the case, the fact is that assad's terrorist regime is falling apart, and THAT is good news for the Syrian population. Many dictators die a lonely death, assad will be one of them!!

      blackpower.africaneuropean - 2012-08-19 12:45

      Do u really know the real story by calling Assad regime terrorist get the facts right..dont let main stream media fool you..

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-19 13:06

      Clearly you haven't been following the real story Black, for the last 30 years since Assad senior did the same thing. Assad junior, who was handed the reigns of power by his dad, won't get away with it though.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-19 13:24

      Blackpower, You must not fall in this silly childish trap , that the radicals set for you, and want you to believe, that the so called 'mainstream media fools you... CNN,SKY NEWS, BBC, Etc etc, do some great reporting, especially on the ME. I am not suggesting, you should not look further, but to be anti Western media, is school kids talk. But, somehow, I feel, that for you, stations like RT, are the ones who tell you news, YOU like. Well than have fun, that is what I do , when I want to watch some comic show !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-19 16:57

      Syria is a soveieng state. It's government however is illegitimate. Virtually every country on Earth, save for just 17, have decided this and demanded that Assad step down. That's 166 countries. Why? Because Assad is unelected and is using the Syrian's people's own military to kill, detain, torture and rape tens of thousands of people in his attempt to hold onto unelected power. Only the blind, delusional or uninformed don't see this.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-20 18:02

      Whatever makes you happy Patrick, it's fine with me !!

  • Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-19 08:32

    There is always a lot of spin to get leverage..Asad is bad for Syria, however the Rebels are not willing to Negotiate. It takes two to muslim nations tue democracy is a farce, as everything is based on religious groupings and if you are not a strong leader you will have wars for ever as the radicals seeking Sharia Law will always cause instability..The west's favourites arming the rebels such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are not democracies..why the focus on Syria and not on them..they brutally quashed the protests in their countries...Double Standards are not us the smaller nations without a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. When anyone voices their dissent at the double standards such as Chavez, they are suddenly the west's enemies..

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-19 13:11

      The real question is why you distract yourself with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, when Syrians and their families are being butchered in their homes by an unelected dictator in control of the Syrian state and its military. Are either of these countries butchering, torturing and raping tens of thousands of their citizens?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-19 13:41

      Blackmista, ""however the Rebels are not willing to Negotiate"" You just make this up, to posts something anti Western, and in support of a monster !! For FIFTY YEARS, the 'rebels' , known all over tyhe world, as opposition, have asked these assads to 'negotiate. The response of these assad terrorists; Arrests of opposition members, by the tens of thousands, than beaten up, tortured, raped and often killed. Ask Robert Fisk, about how daddy assad Murdered tens of thousands of opposition members. The latest uprising started 18 months ago , in Homs, by UNARMED protesters, whose only 'crime' was that they wanted an end to 50 years of assad tyranny. Go to the so called 'mainstream media, like CNN, BBC. SKY NEWS, Etc, etc, and you will get some idea how this assad monster's response has been. Massacre after massacre, using TANKS to fire rockets into apartment blocks, , his Air force to bomb opposition strongholds, and gunship helicopters shooting live amunition on unarmed civilians. And, than some radicals, say assad is not a terrorist !!!!!!!! THAT is insane !!!!!

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