Biased and Politicized military court's sentences in Lebanon
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Biased and Politicized military court's sentences in Lebanon

Beirut : Lebanon | Jan 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM PST
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The military tribunal in Lebanon is prosecuting civilians who are not part of the army and the security forces. As it is classified as an exceptional tribunal, the UN has requesting to ceize such type of tribunal as it doesn't give the indictee the needed defense comparing to civil tribunals. As part of the political conflicts in Lebanon, the military tribunal is headed by Nizar Khalil since 2007. The latter is part of Amal party and he is close to the so-called Hizbullah (Resistance) which is governing all the military court‏'‏s sentences from A to Z. Recently the judge Alice Shobtini released six indictees accused for spying to the Mossad, yet, immediately the resistance's deputies have used all their power to carry out pressure on the court to raise the sentences by neglecting the reason why Alice Shobtini is releasing the indictees. A profound analysis of the history and performance of Nizar Khalil reveals a shoking results which prove that the military court in Lebanon is completely politicised. For example some released indictees were enjailed because they just received a call from abroad but this call is classified as suspected for the intelligence. Then the resistance triggers a propaganda and use its political power on the government to complain to UN on breaching the resolution 1701 by spies. "plenty of politics and little of law with Nizar Khalil" stated Rashad Salameh the lawyer of Fayez Karam. The case of telecom engineer Tarek Rabaa is scandalous and obvious regarding the performance of the court not only with Nizar Khalil but also with the investigating judge Riad Abu Ghida, the general prosecutor Sakr Sakr who reports to Saiid Mirza in additiom to the military intelligence. Dozens of articles are published on the net regarding a conspiracy on Tarek Rabaa who was arrested based on a wrong french number which reveals to be belonging to a french taxi company called Welcome V&V in Tregastel, France. However Tarek was kidnapped by the military intelligence in an atmosphere of escalated progaganda against spies and he is oppressed and victim of torture as announced by 7 international organizations. The military court is not releasing Tarek because his case was politicized by the resistance to decribilize the special tribunal for Lebanon indictment which accuses 4 persons affiliated to the so-called Hizbullah in Hariri's assassination. The military court had accepted to release Omar Bakri after the intervention of the resistance which has left controversy in Lebanon until today. Tarek Rabaa, a transmission engineer working at Alfa as employee can benefit, according to the law, from the statement 'the indictee is innocent until proven guilty' but they didn't release him though no single evidence and no confession. Recently many deputies who are pro 8 March coalition wanted to show their Lebanisity by giving orders to be tough without pity on the spies, thus making pressure and intimidation on the judges and the judicial system. Instead of doing their work by asking the question to military court "why the indictees's sentences are not the same? Why there is torture? Why there's fabrications?". Who loves Lebanon offers to the country an image at least that can be reflected abroad to attract new investments and not only by speeches. According to Lebanese law, spying not only for Mossad will lead to a sentence for life but also spying for American, Iran and Syria according to article 274. Recently, Al-Manar TV which is the screen of the so-called Hizbullah has re-triggered a defamation campaign on Tarek Rabaa as a sign to the court to keep him in jail. Tarek Rabaa is in jail since July 12, 2010 because they want a scapegoat for the special tribunal for Lebanon to hide behind and to undermine the telecom data used to reveal those involved in killing the ex-prime minister Rafic Hariri.

Mahalko is based in Beirut, Jabal Lubnan, Lebanon, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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