Sentencing of Suzan Al-Hajj: Escape of Judge Tani Latouf

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Judge Tani Latouf escaped by confirming the ruling of the military court. He did not increase the sentence on Lieutenant Colonel Suzan Al-Hajj and did not completely acquit it. He chose the easiest option to spare himself any targeting, rather than a due process of retrial. He was satisfied with convicting her with the crime of concealing information in Ziad Itani’s file, and a sentence of two months imprisonment and a fine of 200 thousand liras for the crime of “neglecting her superiors’ testimony regarding a fraudulent scheme, despite her knowledge of this, ”but he nullified the inquiries about her with the crime of interfering with the file of fabricating the accusation of dealing with the Israeli enemy for Aitani. The pirate verdict condemned Elie Ghobash and sentenced him to one and a half years in prison. Al-Tawf did not mean anything that she did not hand over her two phones to the investigators, and was not stopped by her directing to the hacker and identifying the targets for him. He did not care that she asked him (and this is documented in their written conversations) to launch a series of attacks on official websites. He did not ask her why she insisted on the pirate to fabricate another crime for a journalist. He didn’t even bother to re-interrogate her in the first place. All his concern was issuing the verdict before he was sent to retirement soon.

(Marwan Tahtah)

The trial of Suzan Al-Hajj was akin to a play “tired”, in order to miss the truth. Either the first instance ruling issued two years ago by the Permanent Military Court, or the final ruling issued yesterday by the Military Court of Cassation. The fact that an officer exploited a sensitive position he held to fabricate the crime of an innocent citizen motivated by revenge, but he is not held accountable for that. Suzanne Al-Hajj’s defense was only to take revenge without shaking her eyelid, while her victim was killed mentally. Her heart did not please an innocent person who entered prison unjustly because of her, but she pursued her servant (pirate Elie Ghobash, whom she hired as a cleaner and promised him that no one would touch him while he was under her wing) to repeat her question about her second adversary, a journalist whose fault he wrote articles that affected her, so she wanted to hold him accountable for fabricating a heinous crime for him as well. This time, however, her plot did not work.
Suzanne Hajj was a victim in the beginning, before she turned into a torturer. She was ousted from her position – because of “like” on “Twitter” – by a Saudi royal order, to which the Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Major General Imad Othman, obeyed with open arms, but Al-Hajj directed her anger in the wrong direction to turn magic against her before her wide relations were mobilized to protect herself. Who in the judiciary will dare to confront those in politics? Most of the people of the judiciary are calling for concealment or dreaming of a political honor that may fall on them for a political or ministerial position if they are referred to retirement. With her relationships and that of her husband and brother, the MP has mobilized all the pressure groups. And with her relationships, she pushed those whose job stipulates the demand for strictness in the rights of the detainees, until he pleads for her innocence. A step in which Hajj’s agents were stunned before it, as there was no word after the words of the former military prosecutor, Peter Germanus, who excelled in defending their client.

Judge El-Khoury described the ruling against Suzan Al-Hajj as a “settlement judgment”, asking for the defect to be corrected

Yesterday, Lattouf confirmed the ruling, which he rushed, contrary to his habit. One session that he set to hear Itani’s testimony in order to raise the blame, then plead with the defense agents before issuing his verdict after a few hours, which is not usually the case. A verdict that was identical to its predecessor, a ruling described by the cassation public attorney, Judge Ghassan El-Khoury, as a “settlement ruling.” Al-Khoury requested yesterday from the Military Court of Cassation to take into account the intended goal of the cassation request and a retrial submitted by him, which is to prosecute anyone who contributed to fabricating criminal evidence against Ziad Itani through the preliminary investigation by the State Security Agency. And he requested that the papers be referred after the verdict to the Military Public Prosecutor to conduct an investigation with everyone who pushed Itani to confess to a crime he did not commit.
Al-Khoury asked to correct the defect in the course of the primitive military ruling, which came in the form of a compromise ruling, and thus: “Condemn those who are supposed to be convicted and inflict the necessary punishment.”
The verdict was issued after a hearing that lasted 5 hours, in which Latouf listened to Itani, Al-Hajj and Ghosheh in a file for fabricating the accusation of dealing with the Israeli enemy, Laitani. The session began with the testimony of Itani, who confirmed that Al-Hajj’s claim that she did not know him was untrue, so he recounted what he faced during the investigation. He mentioned that “on the third day of his arrest, he was suspended by his hands, so two officers from State Security came and told him: This is Suzan al-Hajj’s gift to you, but we can alleviate your suffering on the condition that you acknowledge that your Israeli operator is the one who asked you to fight al-Hajj because she was fighting Israeli cyber attacks.” Itani revealed that there is a new witness in the file who contacted him and told him that in 2015 he was threatened by Lieutenant Colonel Al-Hajj that it would fabricate him the charge of working with Israel, pointing out that the name of this person, his phone number and a photo of his identity are present in the written memorandum he submitted and he asked the court to summon him, except That the president of the court refused this request, considering the matter not within his powers. The judge also did not receive the written text of Itani’s testimony, because he was acting with him as if it was not necessary. Ghabsh’s agent, lawyer Jihad Lotfi, pleaded that his client “carried out white piracy and had no criminal background for his act, and his goal was to assist the security services in uncovering client networks,” requesting that he be declared innocent.
One of the agents of Lieutenant Colonel Al-Hajj pleaded with lawyer Rachid Derbas, who spoke about what he called “the cruelty of his client in the media,” referring to a new play that was fabricated by the actor who described him as “stupid.” Derbas spoke in his pleading about the friendship between him and the husband of Al-Hajj, lawyer Ziad Hobeish, expressing his surprise that the public prosecutor spoke about “concluding a settlement”, and said that the government commissioner to the military court, Peter Germanus, who pleaded before the military court, “did not leave me what I say it, and it is from the patent application for my client. ”
At the conclusion of the session, Latouf gave speech to both Hajj and Ghobsh. The latter demanded justice and innocence, saying that his wife was pregnant and would soon give birth. As for Hajj Frut, in a quandary, what she described as “achievements over 17 years in the internal security forces,” considering that what she is subjected to is great injustice and the court demanded her acquittal.

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