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Judicial Council: Judges Benefited from Housing Loans under Special Protocol

Jul 31

 Judicial Council: Judges Benefited from Housing Loans under Special Protocol

The Higher Judicial Council clarified Monday that a number of judges have recently been granted housing loans under a special 2010 “protocol,” after media reports decried alleged favoritism in light of the suspension of loans granted to ordinary citizens by the Public Corporation for Housing.

In a statement, the council clarified that the protocol had been signed in 2010 between the Association of Banks in Lebanon and the Judges Solidarity Fund, noting that the agreement stipulated that “loans granted to judges would be paid from the banks' own assets.”

Urging media outlets to “seek accuracy and prudence instead of dealing haphazardly with issues related to the judiciary's work” and to “judges performing their judicial mission amidst very difficult situations,” the council warned that any attack on “the judiciary's credibility and image will subject perpetrators, whoever they may be, to prosecution under the applicable regulations.”

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