BEIRUT: Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda Monday referred two bombing cases to the Judicial Council, in line with the Cabinet’s decision to transfer such cases from the military’s judicial system to the civilian one.
Abu Ghayda issued a decision saying that the military judiciary did not have jurisdiction over two of the cases he presided over – the twin suicide attacks against the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, which took place on Nov. 19, 2013, and the Jan. 16 bombing in the northeastern town of Hermel.
Last month, Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s government agreed to transfer bombing cases from the Military Tribunal to the Judicial Council.
Last week, Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr asked judges overseeing cases of bombings that have taken place since June of last year to hand over their files to him or refer them directly to the Judicial Council.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 03, 2014, on page 3.