| 4 February 2023, Saturday |

Judge Mezher breaches, legalizes concealed investigations

Judge Habib Mezher’s dismissal claim did not pass easily, and he attempted to withhold notification of his dismissal claim, which he did not succumb to until after a dispute in his office in the presence of the first president of the Court of Appeal in Beirut. In any event, even the Supreme Judicial Council was unable to reach a verdict on Mezher after he violated the law, resulting in an extraordinary scandal. The Supreme Judicial Council, which adjourned the lengthy session for further deliberation, caused divergences among its members, who could not agree on a single position. The embarrassment of some of its newly appointed members, particularly those close to the President of the Republic and the Free Patriotic Movement toward their partner, Hezbollah, contributed to the matter not being resolved. According to sources, the Supreme Judiciary, Judge Suhail Abboud, prevented the council from being split and displayed in a divided manner. According to judicial authorities, the decision was made that Mezher’s infringement should be handled with within administrative boundaries.

Nevertheless, reverting to Mezher’s breach, he related the request to dismiss Judge Nassib Elia to the plea to re-assign Bitar, which according to a judicial reference is a grave sin, describing what Mezher did as non-existent due to a lack of absolute jurisdiction. As a reminder, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had earlier requested that Bitar examine the investigations, but his request was denied because it violated the law. Today, owing to Judge Mezher, the port’s investigations are accessible to everyone who submits a petition to observe them, which may make the judicial investigator’s task harder.

  • Sawt Beirut International