In the video above, Lebanon's finance minister, Mohammad Safadi claims he called the Customs Office three times and pleaded that they not take action against the journalists who were eventually severely beaten by customs agents.
"They refused," he exclaims, adding that he basically has no control over their actions. "Leave them, I said. It is my responsibility. They refused."
This is interesting since, in its reporting, Al Jadeed has portrayed the Customs Department as falling under the jurisdiction of the finance ministry.
Does Minister Safadi's comment suggest that Lebanese Customs operates independently of any oversight?