BEIRUT: Three soldiers are being questioned on order of the military court over the alleged beating of a judge at a military checkpoint in the southern suburbs of Beirut, judicial sources said Wednesday.
According to the sources, Judge Bilal Badr was stopped late Monday at a checkpoint in the neighborhood of Shiyah when soldiers observed his car had tinted windows. Tinted windows are illegal without special permission from the Interior Ministry.
Badr allegedly refused to pull over at first, telling the soldiers "I'm a judge." He then failed to provide proof of license for either the tinted windows or the firearm he was also allegedly carrying.
A physical altercation ensued, ending with the soldiers briefly locking Badr in an armored personnel carrier before releasing him.
Upon his release, Badr filed a complaint with the military court, which ordered the arrest of the three soldiers which was carried out Tuesday night.
Dozens of Lebanese magistrates held a sit-in at the Justice Palace in Beirut Tuesday to protest the attack against Badr.
The judges said Badr was stopped and beaten up at a Lebanese Army checkpoint in Shiyah.