Prominent Lebanese singer and composer Samir Sfeir, known for his strong opinions in support of Lebanon’s president and the Iran-backed Hezbollah, has been deported from Saudi Arabia after a 50-day detention.
Sfeir arriving in Beirut looking haggard, said even though banned from returning to the Saudi kingdom he holds no grudge. He was bothered that he was deported when they could have “just told me to leave and not come back.”
Sfeir, citing he was “a political prisoner” says he is being accused of “making political statements” but “In their system, they don’t have such thing. They disapproved.”
Sfeir admits that other than solitary confinement, he was treated respectfully.
Sfeir’s detention only reminded Lebanon’s citizens of the growing tension between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Saudi is increasing its pressure on Lebanon. The kingdom banned all Lebanese fresh produce from entering its country after finding drug on various shipments. This ban dealt a sharp blow to Lebanon’s economy as import into Saudi was one of Lebanon’s major sources of income.
To its own hurt, Saudi Arabia has imposed sanctions on Hezbollah. The Iran-backed Hezbollah dominates Lebanon.
Sfeir is known for his political statements in the media and on other platforms to criticize opponents of President Michel Aoun, and has expressed his unwavering support to Hezbollah as a defender of the country’s unity. He says he was the victim of an online smear campaign that used his old tweets and TV comments.
– BCNN1 Staff