BEIRUT: Caretaker Environment Minister Nazem Khoury Wednesday hailed Parliament’s joint committees’ passing of a draft law to employ full-time environment public prosecutors, who will also be on the lookout for crimes against Lebanon’s heritage.
Addressing a news conference, Khoury said the committees passed the draft law Tuesday to appoint the prosecutors alongside investigative magistrates for environmental issues.
“The importance of this draft lies in providing an effective judicial framework for the proper implementation of environmental laws and regulations, namely uncovering environmental crimes and punishing their perpetrators,” Khoury said.
He added that any direct or indirect assault on natural resources would fall into the category of environmental crimes.
“At the request of the Culture Ministry, the definition of the environmental crime was widened so that it includes crimes targeting antiquities along with cultural and natural heritage,” Khoury added.
The draft law still awaits the endorsement of Parliament.