The Bar Association said that what happened was a “blatant transgression” of all legal principles by the judge in charge of investigations in the case.
Lawyers in Lebanon went on strike Monday in protest at an assault on a colleague who was arrested and beaten by security forces.
Jimmy Hadchiti came to the defense of his wife, journalist Carla Juha, after she was challenged by a security officer over a parking infraction on the outskirts of Beirut.
A video that was circulated on social media showed Juha and their children inside the vehicle screaming while Hadchiti was surrounded by members of the Internal Security Forces, his face bleeding.
Juha wrote that her husband was arrested by security forces even though he enjoyed Bar Association immunity. “Our collapsed state has become a police state,” she said.
“We went to the police station to file a complaint against the attacker, but the security man there again beat my husband. My husband was subjected to hours of investigation and arrest, although he was the one who was insulted and beaten in front of his children, and they placed handcuffs on his hands as if he were a criminal.”
The Beirut and Tripoli Bar Associations were quick to announce the suspension of work in all Lebanese courts, with the decision taking effect from Monday morning.