Lebanon News

Memorial held for slain Sidon judges

A ceremony was held in the Criminal Court room in the southern city of Sidon to mark the assassination of four judges 14 years ago, on Thursday June 6, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)

BEIRUT: A memorial ceremony was held Tuesday in a Sidon courtroom to mark the 15th anniversary of the assassination of four judges in the southern city, as there remains still little known about the crime.

The ceremony was held at the Criminal Court in south Lebanon’s Justice Palace in the presence of several judiciary officials.

Head of the Lebanese Higher Judicial Council Jean Fahed, who attended the ceremony, said investigations into the case were ongoing. However, he wondered “when the truth would be revealed and the criminals punished?”

“If the judiciary is not tough enough in uncovering the identity of those who assassinated its protectors, who will then protect the country and defend the unjust?” he asked.

Despite promises made by judicial figures to find those responsible for the assassination, the judiciary has failed to make progress in the case.

The head of the Criminal Court in south Lebanon, Judge Roula Jadayel, said that the four would continue to be remembered.

She said that “the sacrifices of the four judges would only result in further sacrifices by other judges and hard work aimed at achieving truth and justice.”

On June 8, 1999, judges Hassan Uthman, Walid Harmoush, Assem Bu Daher and Imad Shehab were attending the trial of two Iraqis and a Palestinian in the South Lebanon Criminal Court at the old Justice Palace in Sidon when two individuals opened fire through the rear window of the court room, killing the judges and wounding five others.





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