Major General Ibrahim: “Passports” after Eid …

Malak Aqeel wrote on the Asas website:

The Lebanese are literally “under arrest”.

Prison guards are their government “conscious” of everything but their interest. And its latest achievement is the “suppression” of illegal immigration … and legality as well.

She dragged and “destroyed” in taking on her responsibilities to compensate for the depletion of the passport stock in the General Security until the Lebanese became “prisoners” of her flagrant and catastrophic failure.

It is a closed episode of “hell” that lasted for months between the government, the governor of Banque du Liban and the Minister of Finance, during which the “passport” was turned into a rare currency, sharpened by the rights that were handed over. ranks of shame, similar which have not been witnessed in the history of Lebanon.

About three weeks ago, the money transfer mechanism to pay the contract value for the French company in charge of printing passports stalled in the Ministry of Finance. There, a number of Public Security officers work daily to secure requests for the “liberation” of the transfer process, which has been almost frozen since July 2021.

Halili Ibrahim: “I am saved”!

In this context, the Director General of Public Safety, Major General Abbas Ibrahim told ASAS: “Last Friday I contacted the Minister of Finance, Youssef Khalil, and he assured me that things were” finished “and almost over, promising that he would money transfer after Eid al-Fitr Knowing that the Ministry of Finance requested, we changed some terms with the company as the value of the contract increased from mil 22 billion to mil 300 billion due to the difference in the dollar exchange rate. We did what we had to do right away, but things took a long time and unjustified. koha ”.

Ibrahim confirms that “once the funds are transferred, the platform will reopen and the request will resume”, noting that there are “199,073 requests for reservations on the platform until April 2023 and all passport requests will be respected”. noting that “what prompted us to close the platform is the lack of We had shares after this date, so we did not want to sell illusions to people.”

According to the contract signed with the French company, the value of which is 15 million dollars, will reach Public Security, according to Ibrahim, one million 100 thousand passports, while passports will continue to be issued in the amount of one thousand passports for. days, while the “order” is enough for a year, revealing that we will prepare after the completion of the submission process, a new book of conditions and a new tender.

Who is really responsible for the crisis?

Ibrahimi responds: “Throughout the stages of the crisis, the General Security took matters into its own hands to protect the government, but the situation was no longer tolerable and ‘I am disgusted’, while the government had to take responsibility for it. correct it. we had arrived but did not do so despite all our warnings. “After the sudden pressure, we had to take unusual measures to obtain a passport, according to the rule of priorities and more urgent.”

He added that “We have achieved what we have achieved both due to the multiple existence of the dollar exchange rate and due to mismanagement in all institutions”, stating that the multiple masquerade of the dollar exchange rate should end immediately “.

The fate of emergencies

So, there is no limit to the “creations” of this authority. Placing more than four million Lebanese residents and millions of immigrants under house arrest, either in their own country or in a country of exile, where they can be deported for not being able to obtain a passport, is an “achievement” of few governments. can reach.

But from now until the fulfillment of the “promise” of the Minister of Finance and the arrival of the delivery of passports, there are unregistered requests on the platform, which are numerous for residents and immigrants and fall into “urgency” and urgency. category?

In this case, according to Ibrahim, a handwritten letter is sent to the General Security, which includes an explanation and “these requests go directly to the General Directorate for a decision, which requires an investigation to verify them, as it is revealed that many of them had obtained their passports fraudulently without using them ”.

Lawyers believe that the Council of Ministers has exceeded its powers to increase the fees for issuing passports without waiting for the approval of this increase in the draft budget 2022.

69% of passports are not used

Ibrahimi explains that “The establishment of unusual procedures by the General Security for the possession of passports comes from the fact that there are about 20 thousand passports that have not been obtained from their owners and 69% of the passports that have been issued have not been used. So we turned to the priority option of being able to issue a thousand passports a day and let us use the stock as long as possible. We tolerated the noise of these measures to make sure passports were given to those in need. we later stopped the platform “so as not to go back in the air” after the stock reached the red line.

Military to “disciplinary”

The Director General of General Security acknowledges that the intermediaries, who collaborated with Askar, benefited financially from General Security by changing the dates on the platform and making false travel bookings.

Therefore, Major General Ibrahim took “a decision to refer all requests for change of platform appointments to the Office of the Director General for Personal Inspection and Verification”, stating that the identities of the collaborating soldiers have been revealed and they are currently in prison and will be referred to the Disciplinary Council. ”

stages of crisis

Major General Ibrahim explains to “Asas” the stages of the passport crisis, saying:

“The contract with the French company ended in July 2021 and a sum of 22 billion pounds, approximately 15 million dollars, at the price of 1500, with immediate transfer, was seized. At the same time, we were warning everyone, without exception, that our ability to afford and secure passports was limited. “It exceeded three thousand, while the applications were 8000 per day, and people are humiliated and sleep in front of public security centers, while obtaining a passport is a clear right for Lebanese.”

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