Lebanese Judge Who Issued Ban Against US Ambassador Might Resign

Naharnet | Associated Press

The case of Judge Mohammad Mazeh versus the US Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, seems to grow exponentially:

From fierce backlash on social media, pro-Hezbollah protest took to the streets to chant against the United States on Sunday. The day went on with conflicting news and statements by officials and local media.

Adding to that, the state-run National News Agency reported that the Lebanese Minister of Interior has summoned Ambassador Shea over her comments against Hezbollah.

This case has turned into the most talked story, shadowing the more pressing issues crippling the country.

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Among the conflicting news that circulated on Sunday was the alleged summon of judge Mazeh by the Judicial Inspection Board for “breaching eligibility to perform his duties,” reported MTV Lebanon.

The news was then denied by the Attorney General Ghassan Aouidat but not before judge Mazeh issued several public statements in that regard.

“Some media platforms reported that Attorney General Ghassan Aouidat referred Judge Muhammad Mazeh to the Judicial Inspection Board due to ineligibility. I announce that I did not receive anything related to this matter,” judge Mazeh issued.

However, as it seems to be a doubt on that matter, he added: “In the event that the matter was true, I will formally submit my resignation on Tuesday, 06/30/2020, before my referral to inspection… I have issued my decision with full consciousness, satisfaction, and according to the provisions of the law that I have mentioned.”

Judge Mazeh reiterated his decision in an interview with Al Mayadeen. He stressed that he intends to resign if summoned to a hearing.

“I will resign and I will not accept to appear before the Judicial Inspection Board,” he stated, “The resignation statement is ready, and I will announce it upon notification of my appearance before the Judicial Inspection.”

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