Day 153

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Day 153

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March 17, 2020

Judge Oueidat submits cassation plea after Fakhoury verdict

  • After receiving a request by State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat, the State Commissioner to the Military Appeal Court Ghassan Khoury submitted an appeal regarding Amer Fakhoury acquittal. Meanwhile, Judge of Urgent Matters in Nabatieh Ahmed Mezher issued a decision that prevents Fakhoury from leaving the country for two months. However, it remains uncertain whether Fakhoury is still in Lebanon.

Certain bank branches to open

  • Following a tense back and forth between Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni and the Association of Lebanese Banks (ALB), it was agreed that some of the banks' branches will remain open during the country's two-week lockdown.
  • The Finance Ministry issued a statement that bank employees' work shifts will be organized, with necessary measures taken.

Coronavirus cases rise to 120

  • Following the diagnosis of 11 new cases of COVID-19, the total number of confirmed cases across the country totals 120. Tuesday marks the third day since the government's declaration of a nation-wide lockdown.

Cabinet agrees on urgent draft law following Roumieh clashes

  • Following its meeting on Tuesday, the cabinet agreed to pass an urgent draft law which pardons prisoners who had served their sentences but not yet paid their fines. On Monday night, security forces intervened after prisoners rioted in Roumieh prison. Prisoners demanded that the general amnesty law be passed, in addition to expressing fear over a coronavirus outbreak and anger at Amer Fakhoury acquittal. Security forces injured two inmates, who were then transferred to the hospital.

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