SHAFAQNA- Hariri, also the leader of the al-Mustaqbal movement who has close ties with Saudi Arabia, was in contact with the Saudi embassy in Beirut and asked former Lebanese premier Fouad Seniore to help release Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Lebanon’s Addiyar newspaper reported on Monday.
According to the report, Seniore together with Lebanon’s Ministry of Interior are trying to issue a diplomatic passport for the Saudi Prince to free him from the charges and instead accuse one of his companions of drug trafficking.
The diplomatic passport will provide the Saudi prince with diplomatic immunity, through which he will be given a safe passage and considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under Lebanon’s laws.
Several members of Hariri’s Mustaqbal movement are trying to help release the Saudi prince.
The Saudi prince was arrested with four others at the Rafik Hariri International Airport earlier on Monday, after officials found two tonnes of pills branded as Captagon which were due to be loaded onto a private jet.
The drugs were packed in 40 suitcases and the plane was to head to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
The Lebanese officials said they managed to foil the largest drug smuggling operation in Lebanon’s history.
The confiscated drugs are of the type mainly used by Takfiri militants in Syria.