The Judge of urgent matters in the district of Tyre, Mohamed Mazeh, has issued a decision “prohibiting the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea from making any statement to media outlets, and banning in return all Lebanese media outlets from interviewing the ambassador.
The Kataeb Party’s International Relations Bureau on Saturday stressed that the decision issued by urgent matters Judge Mohammad Mazeh regarding prohibiting the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea from making any statements to the media is a political decision par excellence, affirming that it breaches the freedom of media and information.
“Such decision which also banned all Lebanese media outlets from interviewing the ambassador contradicts the international agreements and charters that safeguard the diplomatic relations among States, namely the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” said a statement issued by the Party’s International Relations Bureau.
“This convention not only grants an absolute diplomatic immunity to ambassadors and diplomatic bodies in host countries, but also compels the latter to take all necessary measures so as to prevent violating the diplomats’ freedom,” it added.
The Kataeb’s International Relations Bureau stressed that this decision comes in the context of trying to implement a newly-emerging rhetoric about orienting Lebanon towards the East, thus deepening the country’s international isolation and broken relations with other countries, stressing that such decision might halt the aid and support offered by the United States of America to Lebanon, namely to the Lebanese Army.
The Bureau voiced ulter rejection to this verdict, deeming it as a first step towards turning Lebanon into a police and one-party state and a tool to impose specific agenda on the Lebanese people.
The Kataeb's International Relations Bureau called on Lebanon’s Supreme Judicial Council to adjust this mistake and face all attempts to politicize the Lebanese judicial body.