Sunday, October 19, 2014

Call for reform in Lebanon

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi
The Daily Star reports here that the Justice Minister of Lebanon has called for restriction of the jurisdiction of the military court:
Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi Sunday raised questions over the Military Tribunal's impartiality in trying suspected militants, three days after calling for the court to be abolished.
“We want to stop trying civilians in the military court,” Rifi was quoted as saying in al-Liwa newspaper, arguing that military officers “are not [law] specialists, and there are doubts over the fairness of the [court’s] verdicts.”
Rifi proposed completely scrapping the military court during Thursday’s Cabinet. If abolishing it is not possible, then its authority must be restricted, he said, insisting that his motives were not political.

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