Jean Fahed, the first President of Beirut’s Courts of Cassation attends a graduation ceremony at the justice palace in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)
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Higher Judicial Council head Judge Jean Fahed Thursday urged Lebanon's political leaders to pass laws buttressing the judiciary's independence, including giving judges raises in line with a public sector salary scale.Fahed said the judges were striking to draw attention to their plight, and not to threaten the government.Judges have been unhappy since last year's salary scale altered their payments and benefits, which led to a month-long judicial strike. Judges also questioned the legality of Parliament's issuing of decisions that affect them, as the judiciary is supposed to be independent of the legislative and executive arms of government.
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