Attorney Farah: Reports of reversing court ruling in LBCI-LF case “unfounded and lack legal basis”

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2019-03-29 | 12:04
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Attorney Farah: Reports of reversing court ruling in LBCI-LF case “unfounded and lack legal basis”
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Attorney Farah: Reports of reversing court ruling in LBCI-LF case “unfounded and lack legal basis”

The attorney of LBCI Company and Sheikh Pierre el-Daher, Naoum Farah issued Friday the following statement:

 

1- A number of media outlets have circulated false news related to “the Court approving the appeal in the case of LBCI and the Lebanese Forces” and “the decision of the Public Prosecutor to reverse the verdict issued in the case of LBCI and indicting Sheikh Pierre Daher again.”

 

2- This news, in all of its versions, is totally untrue, lacks any legal basis and manipulates the Code of Criminal Procedures with the objective of misleading the public opinion.

 

3- According to the law, it is not within the competence of the Appellate Attorney General to reverse or confirm the rulings of first instance courts, since the only authority responsible for looking into the rulings issued by the Single Criminal Judge, whether to confirm or reverse, is the Court of Appeals in misdemeanors and no other. Therefore, the Public Prosecutor is a side in a lawsuit, such as the other sides, including the plaintiff and the defendant and his role is limited to filing the appeal without addressing them.”

 

4- The appeal issued by Beirut Attorney General, Judge Ziad Abou Haidar into the verdict issued by Judge Fatima Jouni was referred to the Beirut Court of Appeals in misdemeanors (Chamber of President Raffoul al-Boustany), just like the two previous appeals filed by the Lebanese Forces, Sheikh Pierre El Daher and LBCI. The Court of Appeals set a date for the first trial session on June 20, 2019.

 

These facts refute what has been shared by news outlets regarding the approval of the appeal and the reverse of Judge Jouni’s ruling, revealing the invalidity of this information and lack of objectivity.

 

How can anyone believe that a conflict that lasted 12 years in the first-instance stage can end in one month on the appeals level?

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