Presidency Information Office: President Aoun did not reject the anti-corruption law, but returned it to Parliament for amendments

In an issued statement by the Presidency Information Office on Saturday, it indicated that media and communication sites have circulated inaccurate information regarding President Michel Aoun's returning of the law on combating corruption in the public sector and the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, back to the Parliament Council.

In this context, the statement disclosed that on 27/6/2019, the Parliament Council passed the law on combating corruption in the public sector and the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. On 25/7/2019, the President of the Republic returned the law to the Parliament Council for re-study and amendment, citing the reasons for this, which shows that the President did not reject the law but asked to amend it.

The statement added that this was among the reasons why the law passed before the national strategy to fight corruption which has not been approved yet, and which must be expedited in order for the law to address all its requirements and not create areas of contradiction in the treatment of corruption.

The statement also pointed to certain agreements that Lebanon must join or conclude in order to complete the legal kit in terms of the international concept of combating corruption. It stressed that Lebanon is more concerned than ever with the provisions of such agreements and is ready to partner with international institutions and companies in various fields to this effect.

Moreover, the statement noted that the law, which was returned to the Parliament Council for revision, has nothing to do with the law proposals mentioned by the President of the Republic in his recent letter to the Lebanese, namely:

- Project law to recover the state's looted funds

- Project law to lift the banking secrecy off current and former presidents, ministers, deputies and first category state employees

- Project law to establish a special court for crimes related to public money

- Project law to lift the immunities of current and former ministers and deputies and all who deal with public affairs.

Source: National News Agency