Laval, Canada - November 27, 2002

Political interference in the judiciary system

On the 15th of November 2002, the outgoing president of the highest judiciary court, Nasri Lahoud, described the judiciary system as an administrative unit similar to any other administrative unit in the government, and called the politicians to stop interfering in this system. 

These declarations that occurred in an interview carried out by local newspapers, constitute a direct and clear evidence of the corruption the judiciary system in Lebanon is enduring, and raise concerns about the hidden objectives behind many judiciary prosecutions and verdicts, especially that legal prosecutions are lately increasing against students and opposition figures. 

RCPL calls the Lebanese authorities to work in an effective and transparent way to investigate the authenticity of these declarations and to stop political interference in the judiciary in order to ensure a healthy democratic system that protects the law and the rights of its citizens.

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