Nasri Lahoud, outgoing president of the HCJNasri Lahoud, president of the Higher Council of the Judiciary (HCJ), having reached the age of retirement, last week bade farewell to his colleagues at the court of justice.
stressed the fact that "the judicial mission is nowadays prey to a multiplicity of laws, a spider's web of immunities, privileges of all sorts, imposing wrongful distinctions among the citizens", contrary to the spirit of the Constitution, which consecrates the principle of equality before the law."Justice", he
added, "has become the victim of various forces and powers".
FOR A MORE EFFECTIVE JUSTICELahoud
achievements during the months he
had spent as head of the HCJ
and pointed out the projects he
presented to ensure a more effective justice.He
hoped that the persons concerned and the political powers would see to their implementation.Then he answered reporters' questions, stating that he intended to be a candidate for the Constitutional Council (the Maronite community's seat being filled by a vote, not by appointment), and denying that he wanted a position with the Casino du Liban.
"Is it conceivable that I would go from the HCJ
to the Casino?"He
added, "I have spent 44 years in the service of the nation… and I can assure you that while I have held many posts, I have never allowed myself to be soiled by corruption.I complete my work with my hands clean.That is why I am at ease with myself.I will remain with you [within the Constitutional Council] at the center of your struggle for firm and effective justice".