The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee held an emergency expanded meeting on Tuesday at the request of SOC’s President Salem Al-Meslet. In attendance were also Head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, and the Minister of Interior Muhyiddin Harmoush.
The meeting also brought together members of the General Assembly, legal experts, media outlets, trade unions and revolutionary groupings.
The meeting focused on the remarks that Harmoush made at the 61st session of the General Assembly about allegations of leaks taking place at the SOC and connections between SOC’s members and the Assad regime.
Harmoush made it clear that prior to the meeting of the General Assembly, he received information through special sources that a SOC member and another person were leaking information to the Assad regime. He said that he asked those sources to follow up on the matter and provide evidence proving these allegations.
Harmoush pointed out that the remarks he made at the General Assembly session were a response to the leaking of documents and the fabrication of minutes of the SOC’s meetings. He said he cited the information he received without hinting at anybody.
Moreover, Harmoush said that Al-Meslet was the first to request the launch of an investigation into these reports and did not try to cover up the issue.
Harmoush added that he began researching, investigating and collecting information on the matter, pointing out that the information he received was not supported by credible evidence, which makes these reports no more than baseless statements on which judgement cannot be built.
He pointed out that the remarks he made at the at the General Assembly meeting coincided with the reform process that the SOC initiated and which involved terminations of a number of SOC’s membership and the replacement of a number of its members. Some of the outgoing members found in these remarks an opportunity to fabricate information with the aim of discrediting the SOC to which they once belonged, he added.
For his part, Al-Meslet thanked the Minister of Interior for his devotion to serving the Syrian people and the Syrian revolution, stressing that there are parties working to defame the SOC by fabricating meeting minutes and alleged leaks that serve no-one but the Assad regime.
Mustafa spoke about the fabrications that followed the latest General Assembly session. He stressed that these reports were unsubstantiated and made by a party seeking to spread disinformation with the aim of disrupting the reform process. He also stressed that the Assad regime is the sole beneficiary of these allegations.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)