Kataeb MP Elias Hankache called on lawmakers to sign the constitutional amendment that grants the Judiciary the power to pursue ministers in corruption crimes.
Kataeb MP Elias Hankache on Thursday announced he will submit an amendment to Article 70 of the Lebanese Constitution so as to hold every minister responsible accountable to ordinary courts as the rest of the people, calling on lawmakers to sign this constitutional amendment that grants the Judiciary the power to pursue ministers in corruption crimes.
"Is it possible that more than 5,000 people are employed in the public sector in clear violation of the Employment Prevention Law and not one of the ministers is to be tried? Hankache asked during a press conference held at the Parliament.
“Is it reasonable for millions of dollars to be wasted on the garbage sector and beaches that are full with unsorted waste without trying one of the successive ministers?" he added.
Hankache stressed that there is a will to hold every minister accountable in case of taking any wrong decisions that do not lie in the country’s best interests, affirming that neither the Lebanese nor the international community trust the current authority.
“People who have participated in the revolution have called for early parliamentary elections and holding all perpetrators accountable. But on the other hand, we see how all the major countries are talking about Lebanon and that there is no intention to help if there is no goal to carry out reforms,” he said.
“On March 6, 2019, 7 lawmakers were elected as members of the Supreme Council for the Trial of Ministers and Presidents and we were thankful that there will be accountability mechanisms and that we will start to see a new approach,” he noted.
“But since then I felt that this position is unnecessary because it does not serve the Lebanese people,” he added.
“You don't want to create or cancel the council? What do you want?" he asked.
“People who have been in power for 30 years don’t want to hold themselves accountable, but at the same time this council is there," he added.