Rear View – Lebanon in review (4 October 2020)

Rear View – Lebanon in review (4 October 2020)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah of having secret arms depots hidden in a residential neighbourhood of Beirut, in a speech to the UN General Assembly. Netanyahu showed maps and coordinates of the locations. “Here’s where the next explosion will take place, right here,” he said to the Lebanese people. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah denied the claims and invited local and international media to immediately attend the alleged locations to see for themselves. An inspection occurred several hours later and the media confirmed that the sites identified by Netanyahu were nothing more than simple factories with nothing that remotely hinted at armoury or military materials.

30 SEPT – 3 Laws Passed by Parliament

The Lebanese Parliament passed a series of laws last week including:

A Detainee’s Right to Counsel:
Article 47 of the code of criminal procedure was amended to guarantee detainees’ the right:

a.  Have their attorney participate in investigations in police precincts;

Free legal representation for those that can’t afford it

To know what they are being suspected of, and the evidence against them;

To medical care (psychological and physical) as well as translation services, as well as recording investigations in audio and video.

The head of Beirut Bar Association, Melhem Kahalf was instrumental in ensuring these laws passed

1 OCT – Demarcation Lines with Israel

Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri unveiled a framework agreement that would enable Lebanon and Israel to demarcate their maritime and land borders. The framework adheres to the April 1996 Lebanese-Israeli Ceasefire Understanding and UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and remains subject to amendments. Negotiations are to be carried out, on the Lebanese side, by the Lebanese Army, under the auspices of the UN, at the UN headquarters in Naqoura, South Lebanon, with US mediation and facilitation.

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