Lebanese authorities have released actor Wissam Fares after his arrest following a car registration dispute between him and a member of the Internal Security Forces.
Lebanese actor Wissam Fares’ name has been at the top of social media in Lebanon for the past few days after a video clip showing him fighting with a member of the Internal Security Forces at a car registration authority in the capital Beirut went viral.
A group of social media pioneers launched a solidarity campaign with actor Wissam Fars, calling for his release.
Many Lebanese actors and artists protested in front of the Tekwane police station.
After a video clip was circulated, a solidarity campaign was launched by his peers in the art community to demand his immediate release upon arrest.
“Law of the Jungle”
In the same vein, tweeters objected to some people’s association with Faires, saying that he was an “actor” and considering Faires’ arrest after “insulting and beating up the police” was “a normal thing to do in any country. Law of the jungle.”
Others criticized “groups of people who consider themselves ‘above the law’, such as some ‘journalists, artists and lawyers’.”
Charges against Faris
According to local Lebanese media, security sources have confirmed that “an internal security force soldier injured in a clash with actor Fares is still in hospital, requiring emergency surgery for a fractured hip.”
Sources explained, “There was a verbal altercation between Fares and the trooper following Fares’ use of profanity and it was discovered that Fares’ car was not registered with official departments.”
Sources marveled at the campaign against the Internal Security Forces, saying, “This does not absolve the soldier of responsibility as the leadership follows the course of the incident to clarify what happened and take necessary action. In case he is found to be at fault.”
However, the Fares family refuted the defense story, insisting that their son was known for his “quiet nature”. His father said the defense account was based on one witness and needed to be verified, adding that his son had a broken nose.
Publication of Faris
Actor Wissam Fares has been released after being arrested as a result of trouble with the Car Registration Authority.
The government’s Assistant Commissioner of Military Courts, Justice Mona Hankir, decided to put actor Wissam Fares on trial in exchange for his promise to pay the cost of the surgery performed by a member of the Internal Security Forces. His hip fractures.
After his release, Fares said: “The truth will take as long as it takes. Thank you to everyone who has stood by my family during this time.”
For his part, the actor’s lawyer, Wissam Fares, pointed out that “the videos show that Wissam did not attack the member of the security forces and that the cost of the member’s recovery will be paid in full by Fares, as he injured his nose and required surgery,” pointing out, “The security forces are against the element. An investigation will be initiated because he committed two violations.”
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