Lebanon judicial disciplinary board dismisses Ghada Aoun

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AMMAN — On Thursday, the Lebanese judiciary disciplinary board decided to dismiss the public prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun, from service, based on complaints filed by those affected by her actions and her violation of instructions from her superiors, according to the French news agency, AFP. اضافة اعلان

Aoun's name has been in the news in recent years after she accused prominent officials, bankers, and employees involved in major corruption cases, according to her issued verdicts.

However, her loyalty to President Michel Aoun made her work the subject of criticism and controversy, after her procedures targeted political entities in opposition to the former president in general.

The judicial source said that the decision can be appealed. Aoun said she will appeal the decision and continue to work until her case is decided.

The council's decision came based on a decision issued by the Judicial Inspection Authority, based on several lawsuits filed against her for violating the instructions of her superiors. 

Aoun was summoned to the Palace of Justice, where she was informed of her dismissal.

Prominent casesSome of the most prominent cases Aoun has handled since the beginning of Lebanon's economic collapse in the fall of 2019 included her accusation of caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, his brother, and son in October 2019 with "illicit enrichment" charges by obtaining subsidized housing loans.

In January 2021, she accused the governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salameh, and a Central Bank official of "dereliction of duty and breach of trust."

She then issued a decision in early 2022 to prevent him from traveling on the basis of a complaint filed against him by a group of activists accusing him of financial mismanagement.

On March 17, 2022, his brother Raja Salameh was arrested on charges of embezzlement and money laundering following a complaint filed by activists against the brothers.

Riad Salameh repeatedly refused to appear before Aoun, considering her pursuit of him to be part of a deliberate process to tarnish his image, stating that he had nothing to hide.

‘Doing my job’“They are punishing me for doing my job,” Aoun said on Thursday after hearing the decision.

She said she would appeal, however, which would allow her to continue working until her case is decided.

“I'm not afraid of anyone. Even if they want to kill me, I have no problem,” said Aoun, who has also launched corruption investigations into other top officials.

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