Jreissati described Machnouk’s allegations as “totally baseless.”
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and Justice Minister Salim Jreissati Tuesday traded barbs over alleged political intervention in the judiciary's work that led to the release of up to 80 people suspected of involvement in celebratory gunfire that has killed a number of innocent people in the past few months. Kataeb Party leader MP Sami Gemayel entered the fray by urging Machnouk to name the politicians who allegedly intervened in the judiciary's work to secure the release of a number of detainees, while accusing Jreissati of taking sides in this issue.The interior minister called for a halt to "political intervention" in the judiciary's functions and for judges to deal more seriously with the issue of people arrested in connection with random gunfire.Machnouk said he had contacted President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Jreissati to complain about "political intervention" in the judiciary's work. In a quick response, Jreissati dismissed Machnouk's statement on "political intervention" in the judiciary as "totally baseless".
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