Judge Aoun Keeps Salloum in Custody after Rizk Allows Her Release
Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun on Friday blocked a decision to release Traffic Management Authority head Huda Salloum from detention, remanding her in custody in Baabda, the National News Agency said.
First Examining Magistrate of Beirut George Rizk had earlier on Friday interrogated Salloum and ordered her release after she signed a proof of residence, NNA reported.
NNA said Salloum’s lawyer Marwan Daher attended the interrogation and that the questions pertained to the public prosecution’s lawsuit against her on charges of bribery and illicit enrichment.
Judge Aoun had on Wednesday ordered Salloum’s arrest based on a lawsuit filed by the lawyer Wadih Akl, which accused Salloum of offenses related to bribery, forgery, the waste of public funds, illicit enrichment and mismanagement.
Aoun then referred the file to Judge Rizk.
MP Hadi Hbeish of al-Mustaqbal Movement has accused Judge Aoun of taking a politicized measure against Salloum in order to replace her with a figure loyal to the Free Patriotic Movement.