Thursday, February 18, 2016

Le procès Samaha

The Lebanese minister of defense has objected to the plan to transfer the controversial case of former cabinet member Michel Samaha from the military court (which famously released him on bail) to a civilian court:
"Il est du droit du ministre de la Justice de réclamer un tel transfert, mais en tant que ministre de la Défense, responsable administrativement du Tribunal militaire, je dis que le moment est inopportun, car un tel transfert affaiblirait le Tribunal militaire, alors qu'en ce moment nous avons besoin de cette juridiction", a affirmé M. [Samir] Mokbel.
Plainly, the fate of Lebanese military jurisdiction hangs in the balance. It could be abolished, or it could merely be cut back. 

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