Amnesty Calls for End to Proceedings against Lebanese Human Rights Activist

Published June 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Amnesty International called Tuesday for a halt to the prosecution of prominent human-rights activist and lawyer Mohammed Moghrabi, who is charged with slandering the judiciary, reported the Daily Star Wednesday.  

The daily quoted a statement published by the Amnesty as saying that "using criminal proceedings in defamation cases implies that the defendant is responsible for an injury to society at large. Amnesty International considers that the statement critical of the Supreme Judicial Council on the basis of which Moghrabi is charged constitutes the expression of legitimate concerns about the role of a judicial body."  

In April, Moghrabi publicly criticized the country's judiciary, alleging professional misconduct by five judges. He was charged with defaming the judiciary, the daily added.  

The organization said it "believes that the laws should not be used to stifle legitimate concerns about public bodies or public officials; to intimidate those who voice legitimate concerns about the actions of public officials; or to punish the exercise of the right of freedom of expression."  

It also said that anyone who feels defamed by Moghrabi's statements "has the option of seeking redress through a civil libel suit," said the daily - Albawaba.com  

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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