BEIRUT — Mount Lebanon Public Prosecutor Ghada Aoun appeared Wednesday before Judge Jamal Hajjar, the justice of the Court of Cassation’s sixth criminal court, after being referred last June to the Disciplinary Board, a body responsible for ruling on offenses against judges, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Here’s what we know:
• The Disciplinary Council postponed Aoun's hearing last month because she had requested more time to appoint a lawyer.
• Aoun appeared before Hajjar with her lawyer, Pascale Fahed and testified about the charges facing her.
• The prosecutor was first referred to the Judicial Inspection in April 2021, after carrying out raids on the headquarters of the Mecattaf company in Awkar, Metn, with Free Patriotic Movement supporters in attendance. Aoun also refused to comply with a decision by the Attorney General of the Court of Cassation, Ghassan Oueidate, to dismiss her from cases related to financial crimes.
• “I do not interfere in the judges’ work and do not exert pressure. I simply expressed an opinion from [a legal] point of view,” she testified at the hearing. Following yesterday’s hearing, Judge Hajjar will report to the Disciplinary Board.
• Aoun filed a complaint against Banque du Liban Governor Riad Salameh on June 23, a day after she accompanied a raid by State Security conducted on his home in Rabieh.