BEIRUT: Beirut’s Publications Court Tuesday ordered former General Security chief Maj. Gen. Jamil al-Sayyed to pay a LL12 million ($7,981) fine after being convicted of libel and slander charges.

He was fined another LL2 million for making threats against former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and "undermining national unity."

Judicial sources told The Daily Star that Sayyed was also convicted of sowing dissent between state elements by disrupting and eliminating orders to keep him under scrutiny.