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8. ERADICATE CORRUPTION

Corruption is endemic in Lebanon. It is the direct result of the double allegiance of civil servants to their position and to the religious community which protects them within their jobs.

 

Drastic measures to eradicate corruption at every level of the JUDICIARY, ADMINISTRATION and POLITICAL systems are crucial.

 

 

THE PARTY OF LEBANON WANTS:

 

  1. DRASTIC ANTI-CORRUPTION LAWS, with extremely severe sentences for corrupt Ministers, holders of public offices, civil servants, judges, magistrates and members of the army and law enforcement agencies and their relatives, confiscation of personal assets, long prison terms and heavy financial penalties.

 

  1. DRASTIC ANTI-CORRUPTION LAWS PUNISHING THE BRIBERS with extremely severe sentences against people attempting to bribe Ministers, holders of public offices, civil servants, judges, magistrates and members of the army and law enforcement agencies and their relatives, with long prison terms, confiscation of assets and heavy financial penalties.

 

  1. PUNISH THE PROFESSIONAL INTERMEDIARIES: anyone who uses his or her profession – for example, as banker, lawyer, consulting firm or accountant – or makes use of his or her personal connections – family, friends, relatives – in order to facilitate, enable or simply allow corrupt practices to take place will be subject to extremely severe financial and criminal penalties.

 

  1. THE CREATION OF AN INDEPENDANT ANTI-CORRUPTION COURT OF LAW, to hear cases of corruption and which rule according to the above set of law.

 

  1. The creation of an independent ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICE FORCE WITH EXTENDED POWERS OF INVESTIGATION to identify and prosecute cases of corruption and bring corrupt individuals to justice.

 

  1. The creation of an independent ANTI-CORRUPTION OFFICE in charge of the independent oversight of all administrative personnel, civil servants, politicians and tenders.

 

  1. OBLIGATION TO DECLARE ASSETS AND REVENUE FOR ALL PUBLIC OFFICIALS.
    Members of Parliament, Government officials, municipal officials and directorate staff, political candidates, leaders of political parties, holders of public offices, magistrates, civil servants members of the army and of law enforcement agencies and their relatives must declare their assets and revenues every year.  Lebanon signed the OECD agreements on the systematic exchange of information and the fight against money laundering. There
    is therefore no banking secrecy vis-à-vis the rest of the world. The Lebanese banking secrecy laws are now only opposable to the Lebanese state and to justice, it is the means of protection of corruption par excellence. Bank secrecy laws must be abrogated internally as well.

 

  1. THE ABROGATION OF  BANK SECRECY LAWS for all Members of Parliament, Government officials, municipal officials and directorate staff, political candidates, leaders of political parties, holders of public office, magistrates, civil servants members of the army and of law enforcement agencies and their relatives must file their assets and revenues every year.