Director of Traffic Management Body detained, causes uproar

After detaining several members of the traffic management body, Judge Aoun invited Salloum as a witness before detaining her as well on charges of bribery, corruption, fraud, and illicit enrichment.
by Chiri Choukeir

11 December 2019 | 23:56

Source: by Annahar

  • by Chiri Choukeir
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 11 December 2019 | 23:56

A file photo of Lebanon's Justice Palace (Annahar)

BEIRUT: Mount Lebanon Prosecutor, Judge Ghada Aoun, ordered earlier today the detainment of Director General of the Traffic Management Body Hoda Salloum.

After detaining several members of the traffic management body, Judge Aoun invited Salloum as a witness before detaining her as well on charges of bribery, corruption, fraud, and illicit enrichment.

Critics say Aoun failed to follow the mandatory legal procedure by detaining Salloum without notifying the Ministry of Interior. Aoun argued that any suspect of illicit enrichment could be detained without notifying the Interior Ministry. 

The case caused an uproar within the Future Movement, with MP Hadi Hobeich making his way to the Justice Palace in Baabda to confront Aoun, accusing her of acting as "militia instead of a judge."

The MP continued to question the credibility of Aoun, saying that he would not "leave Baabda before the case is handled by the General Prosecutor."

The reaction of Hobeich was followed by a post on Twitter by MP Nohad Mashnouk, who expressed his outrage at the case.

"Director Hoda Salloum is one of the most precise and decent employees in the Lebanese government," he said on Twitter. 

Senior Investigative Judge in Beirut, George Rizk, meanwhile, demanded the case be referred to either the Court of Cassation or Appellate Court where the case would go through the mandatory legal procedure.

The Supreme Council of the Judiciary criticized Hobeich's outburst, labeling his comments as an insult to the judiciary. 

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