BEIRUT: State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud has ordered Lebanon's district attorneys to refrain from placing drug offenders in custody and instead refer them to the Drug Addiction Committee.
The circular issued by Hammoud urges attorney generals to 'immediately refer' drug users to the committee formed in line with article 199 of law 376 issued in 1998.
Article 193 of the law stipulates that prosecutors could refer drug users to the addiction committee "to undergo treatment," while article 194 stipulates that a drug user can ask to be referred to the committee while the investigation or trial is ongoing.
According to article 195, judicial authorities could resume prosecution if the drug user fails to follow through on his treatment.
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