Three female judges have submitted their resignations in protest against the political interference that obstructs the work of the judiciary in Lebanon, most notably the investigation into the explosion in the port of Beirut, according to a judicial source.
In Lebanon, a country based on political and sectarian quotas, the judiciary did not remain immune to favoritism, as politics interfered even in appointments, especially in the Supreme Judicial Council, the highest judicial authority.
The judicial source said, on Thursday, that the three female judges submitted their resignations on Wednesday, “in protest against the difficult situation that the judiciary has reached, political interference in the work of the judiciary, and questioning the decisions issued by judges and courts in most cases,” especially the port explosion.
The investigation into the port explosion was plunged into the labyrinths of politics and then into judicial chaos. Since he received the investigation about a year ago, 16 lawsuits have been pursued by the judicial investigator, Tariq Bitar, which were submitted to different courts, demanding that he stop his hand and transfer the case to another judge, which led to the suspension of the investigation several times. The majority of the cases are brought by the defendants in the case.
After several courts dismissed the cases for various reasons, the judges found themselves subject to lawsuits brought by the defendants’ officials to question the correctness of their decisions.
The judicial source explained that among the three female judges, a female judge rejected a lawsuit to dismiss Bitar, and the correctness of her decision was questioned. He said that the constant questioning of the judiciary’s decisions “began to lose its prestige.”
According to the source, the head of the Supreme Judicial Council refused to receive or register the resignation letters, and promised to discuss the issue at the council’s next meeting.
The investigation into the explosion of the port of Beirut showed the extent of the weakness of the judicial body in Lebanon and the ability of politics to interfere in its work, unless it served its directions.
And the matter does not stop with the explosion file, as the investigation into the embezzlement of public funds and tax evasion case involving the Governor of the Banque du Liban, Riad Salameh, was also suspended, after a lawsuit filed by a bank agent against the discriminatory public defender Jean Tannous, who is looking into the case.