Zakka asks MPs to discuss case in House session
BEIRUT: Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese detainee in an Iranian prison, called on lawmakers Friday to add his case as an “urgent” item on next week’s legislative agenda, according to a letter shared with The Daily Star Friday.
“Isn’t it about time to place my case in your discussions and sessions and to question the government over ignoring me for the last three consecutive years?” he wrote.
Parliament is set to convene for a two-day legislative session next Monday and Tuesday. He also called on Parliament to question the caretaker government’s “negligence” in following up on his case, and for the case to be included as part of the next Cabinet’s policy statement.
Zakka, a Lebanese citizen who also holds permanent residency in the U.S., was arrested in 2015 after traveling to Iran to attend a statesponsored conference. At the time of his arrest, Zakka was the secretarygeneral of IJMA3 and had received an official invitation to visit Iran.
Zakka’s family has repeatedly criticized the Lebanese government and officials, saying that they are not doing enough to secure the release of a Lebanese citizen and criticizing the state’s failure to release an official statement denouncing Zakka’s detention.
He addressed Lebanese lawmakers, saying, “You are requested to correct this mistake that was committed against me … starting by placing my case as an urgent item on Monday’s session, issue a condemnation statement and recommend making my detention a parliamentary and ministerial priority.” – The Daily Star