| 19 April 2024, Friday |

The Judicial Council between the containment of Judge Aoun crisis or its explosion

The Supreme Judicial Council has taken it upon itself to address the crisis of the appellate public prosecutor’s rebellion in Mount Lebanon, Judge Ghada Aoun, on the decision of the discriminatory Public Prosecutor, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, to dismiss her, and to try to get the judiciary out of the state of confusion and political pressure exerted on it by the team of the President of the Republic that provides a complete cover for this rebellious judge and her surpassing of legal principles. This impression was strengthened after the negative meeting held by the Minister of Justice in the caretaker government, Marie Claude Negm, last Saturday, with the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Suhail Abboud, the Public Prosecutor for Discrimination Judge Ghassan Aweidat, and the head of the Judicial Inspection Authority, Judge Berkane Saad.

The Supreme Judicial Council kept its sessions open to reach a decisive solution to a crisis that would explode the judicial authority, and a source in the Supreme Judicial Council suggested that “a statement will not be issued by the Judicial Council meeting today, and he may wait for a second session to be held tomorrow, to which Judge Ghada Aoun has summoned, to question regarding her rejection to adhere to the decision of her chief (Oweidat) to stop her hand from the financial file, and her insistence on storming the offices of the “Maktatif” exchange company, despite the assignment of this file to Judge Samer Lisha, after Oweidat’s decision to redistribute works with the Public Prosecution judges in Mount Lebanon. The source emphasized that the Judicial Council “is awaiting for the completion of several procedures, and the possibility of a positive development that would prevent the Council from resorting to escalatory measures against Judge Aoun.”

Meanwile, The Public Prosecutor at the Court of Cassation, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, requested the Financial Prosecutor, Judge Ali Ibrahim, to conduct inquiries regarding the suspicion that a company to ship money has violated the provisions governing the work of money-shipping companies, especially the intermediate decision No. 10726 regarding the amendment of Basic Decision No. 8024 of 1/1 11/11/2002.

In addition, a judicial source in the Public Prosecution Office of Cassation explained to “Voice of Beirut International” that “The method that Judge Ghada Aoun resorted to, in terms of rebelling against the public prosecutor’s discriminatory decision, and entering the offices of the“ Maktakf ”company through fracture and dislocation, offended the judicial investigation that Judge Oweidat assigned to the Appeal Attorney General in Mount Lebanon, Judge Samer Lisha, especially as he asked him to take all the legal measures required by the investigation into the lawsuit of SGBL Chairman Antoine Sehnaoui, and Michel Maktaf, the owner of the “Maktakf” exchange company. The source reminded that the judicial work is based on the principles of originals and rights. If the original is skipped, the right is lost, ”considering that Judge Aoun“ does not have the authority to investigate a case pending before the Financial Public Prosecution. ”

In parallel with the judicial congestion, there is popular tension in the street, as the entrance to the Palace of Justice in Beirut witnesses two demonstrations, the first in support of Judge Ghassan Oweidat and his actions against Judge Aoun, and the second organized by the Free Patriotic Movement in support of Judge Aoun, amid strict security measures imposed by the army and security forces, to separate between The two sides to avoid any collision between the two parties.

Sawt Beirut International