Justice, Interior Ministers Bicker over Telecom Dataإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The cabinet session held at the Baabda Palace witnessed a heated debate between Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi and Interior Minister Marwan Charbel over the controversial telecom data dispute.
Qortbawi lashed out at Charbel during Wednesday’s session for criticizing three judges at the judicial committee, which is tasked with assessing the possibility of providing the security forces with the telecom data, accusing them of not carrying out their full responsibilities.
Charbel revealed that his ministry submitted three requests before the committee after the attempted assassination of Lebanese Force leader Samir Geagea in April in order to obtain the data and carry out the investigations.
However, Charbel said that the committee rejected all the requests submitted by the ministry demanding it to provide explanations.
The March 14 forces repeatedly accused Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui of disrupting the work of the investigation by refusing to hand over the telecom data to the security forces.
Sehnaoui argues that such a move would be considered as a privacy violation.
According to An Nahar newspaper published on Thursday, the two ministers agreed on holding a meeting with the three judges to clarify the matter.