BEIRUT — The investigating judge in Mount Lebanon, Ziyad Dghaidy, agreed Tuesday to release Hoda Salloum, director general of the Road Traffic Department, on bail, Salloum's lawyer, Marwan Daher, announced in an interview with the Al Jadeed TV channel.
Salloum's arrest last November followed an investigation into suspected corruption in vehicle registration centers across Lebanon. Dozens of her colleagues were arrested the same month.
In the interview, Daher elaborated that Dghaidy has agreed to release Salloum in exchange for a financial guarantee of LL1 billion and a restriction on her working for a period of four months.
Daher added that the decision has now been referred to the Public Prosecution for approval or rejection.
On April 20, the Mount Lebanon Indictment Chamber rejected a similar decision by Dghaidy, meaning Salloum at the time remained in detention.
The vehicle registration center in Dekwaneh and its branches in Saida, Nabatieh, South Lebanon, Zahle, Bekaa and Tripoli, resumed work in mid-April after a general closure last year following the mass arrests of the administration's employees.
As part of a wider fight against corruption in the country, employees of the land registries in Mount Lebanon have also been arrested. Accused of amassing huge sums of money through bribes, land registry officials, particularly in Baabda and Metn, are currently being prosecuted.