Commenting on the recent campaign launched by the newly-formed cabinet under Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Association said, “It is an opportunity for us to restore confidence in the state and the judiciary.”
It also warned against the dangers of faltering when working to eradicate corruption, saying that this time Lebanon will either, “fall into a terrible situation, ending the final hope for advancement” or, “create the offspring of a brighter future.”
As for the reasons behind Lebanon’s judiciary being compromised in the first place, the Association cited a number of factors, among which were sectarian and political concerns weighing on legal action in Lebanon, the absence of accountability within the justice system and the failure to pass laws to protect judicial impartiality.
The rule of law in Lebanon to a certain extent, according to the statement, had been bargained with due to political interference.
Solutions, however, remain within reach. The Association, for its part, said that the empowerment of judicial police, judicial inspection and holding culprits accountable is vital to advancing the fight against corruption. In addition, it called for judges and legal assistants suspected of unlawful actions to be referred to disciplinary boards.
The head of the Internal Security Forces (ISF), Major General Imad Othman, speaking to local dailies on combating corruption within the ISF, reaffirmed that he is leading counter-corruption efforts full-force.
“I will not stop before cleaning up the security forces from all forms of corruption,” Othman said, stressing that he will not be influenced by political and sectarian impunity and confirming that no exemptions will be made. He pointed out, “there are internal investigations conducted in the corps,” adding, “more than 50 officers have been referred to disciplinary boards.”
According to Othman, the number is set to increase, warning decisively that, “no corrupt person will remain in the institution (ISF).”