File - A worker attaches a surveillance camera in Hamra's Piccadilly street as part of a government funded project in the Greater Beirut area, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A Lebanese court Tuesday rejected a plan to install surveillance cameras around the capital, ruling that the $40 million contract awarded by the Municipality of Beirut for the project was illegal.However, Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad defended the municipality's decision to award the contract to Guardia Systems.He said the municipality received five bids from qualified companies and chose Guardia because it was the least expensive. In its statement, the Court of Accounts questioned why the Beirut Municipality had temporarily awarded the contract to install 1,500-2000 surveillance cameras around the city to Guardia Systems.
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