After his arrest in Miami .. “Hamra harasser” angers the Lebanese again

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Habib was arrested last week on charges of harassment, after he broke into a room hotel And he tried to sexually assault a woman, according to American media.

According to the American police report, Habib is known for prosecuting women in order to engage in sexual activity sex with them or dating them without their consent.

The report stated that the accused "He thought during the hearing that he would pay a financial guarantee, and asked the judge when he would return home, but he was arrested".

harasser of Hamra

The name Habib was known for the first time in 2019, specifically during his participation in the October demonstrations, after one of the activists published his picture attached to a comment stating that he was a harasser andrapist, to follow the testimonies of a number of women on the communication sites, revealing that he tracked and harassed them in sports clubs where he worked and was expelled from them. It was also indicated that he was stalking university students, especially in Hamra Street.

Eight Lebanese women filed a complaint against Habib before the competent judiciary after securing video clips and documents proving his actions. Dozens of women also demonstrated in Beirut to demand his accountability. "Interventions by influential politicians led to his release and his departure from the country, taking advantage of the political cover provided for him." According to lawyers and activists in Lebanon.

The Court of Cassation responds

The arrest of Habib in the United States brought the case back to the fore in Lebanon, after stepping on the Social media In the local media and widespread criticism of the media and the Lebanese judiciary for not holding him accountable and allowing him to go too far and reach America and defend himself on television, the Public Prosecution at the Court of Cassation in Lebanon issued a statement, on Tuesday, in which it denounced the media’s handling of the issue in a way that exposes the public prosecutions and questions their work and the work of the attorney general. Appellate, who oversaw the preliminary investigation.

The statement indicated that "The aforementioned person was previously arrested in Beirut During the initial investigations for a period of 48 hours, after the search and investigation warrant against him was enforced, a second search and investigation warrant was also issued after he refused to appear again for the investigation, and he was charged for trial before the Single Criminal Judge for the clarity of the actions that are the subject of the prosecution, and he is also being prosecuted for similar acts by the Public Prosecution Appeal in Mount Lebanon".

sexual harassment law

Lebanon applies a criminalization law sexual harassment And the rehabilitation of its victims, which was approved on December 21, 2020, but legal experts believe that it does not rise to the level of the Convention on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment, which stipulates that governments address the two phenomena in action through "A comprehensive, integrated and gender-sensitive approach, including through laws relating to employment, occupational health and safety, equality and non-discrimination, as well as criminal law".

According to the law, the punishment ranges from imprisonment between one month and two years, or a fine of 3 to 20 times the minimum wage, which is equal to 675,000 Syrian pounds, or 450 dollars according to the official exchange rate, and less than 100 dollars according to the law. Black marketWhich raises questions about the effectiveness of these fines to deter harassment.

Regarding the loopholes in the law criminalizing harassment, lawyer Laila Awada from the NGO . said: "Enough violence and exploitation" Expected "Sky News Arabia", that "The mentality of the legislator is not a protectionist mentality in Lebanon. Legislators still treat the harasser as a man, not as a criminal. Therefore, we see Parliament seeking to reduce the effectiveness of law enforcement, since the man is the owner of authority and the head of the family.".

Awada added that "The terms used by the law are vague, and they are flawed in the penal code, for example describing sexual assaults as immorality, corruption and public morals, as the law defines sexual harassment as an abusive act, which is a broad standard".

Surprised she continued: "There is no doubt that the media’s light handling of Habib’s case was a reason" In evading punishment, she recalled "A television station greeted him and gave him a chance to defend himself, when he complained about the victims and said that they defamed him, and he appeared on media Defending himself when in fact he should do it in court".

As the International Advisor on Women’s Affairs Randa Yasser said to the site "Sky News Arabia", that "The law criminalizing harassment is based on the protection of society rather than the protection of the victim, and focused on the occurrence of harassment in a public place, i.e. in the workplace".

She criticized Yasir for giving Habib space in the media to defend himself, adding: "He continued to do the same thing until he was arrested in the United States".

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Habib was arrested last week on charges of harassment, after he broke into a room hotel And he tried to sexually assault a woman, according to American media.

According to the American police report, Habib is known for prosecuting women in order to engage in sexual activity sex with them or dating them without their consent.

The report stated that the accused “thought during the session that he would pay a financial guarantee, and asked the judge when he would return home, but he was arrested.”

harasser of Hamra

The name Habib was known for the first time in 2019, specifically during his participation in the October demonstrations, after one of the activists published his picture attached to a comment stating that he was a harasser andrapist, to follow the testimonies of a number of women on the communication sites, revealing that he tracked and harassed them in sports clubs where he worked and was expelled from them. It was also indicated that he was stalking university students, especially in Hamra Street.

Eight Lebanese women filed a complaint against Habib before the competent judiciary after securing video clips and documents proving his actions, and dozens of women demonstrated in Beirut to demand his accountability, but “interventions by influential politicians led to his release and his departure from the country, taking advantage of the political cover that was provided to him,” he said. Lawyers and activists in Lebanon.

The Court of Cassation responds

The arrest of Habib in the United States brought the case back to the fore in Lebanon, after stepping on the Social media In the local media and widespread criticism of the media and the Lebanese judiciary for not holding him accountable and allowing him to go too far and reach America and defend himself on television, the Public Prosecution at the Court of Cassation in Lebanon issued a statement, on Tuesday, in which it denounced the media’s handling of the issue in a way that exposes the public prosecutions and questions their work and the work of the attorney general. Appellate, who oversaw the preliminary investigation.

The statement indicated that “the aforementioned person was previously arrested in Beirut During the initial investigations for a period of 48 hours, after the search and investigation warrant against him was enforced, a second search and investigation warrant was also issued after he refused to appear again for the investigation, and he was charged for trial before the Single Criminal Judge for the clarity of the actions that are the subject of the prosecution, and he is also being prosecuted for similar acts by the Public Prosecution Appeals in Mount Lebanon.

sexual harassment law

Lebanon applies a criminalization law sexual harassment And the rehabilitation of its victims, which was approved on December 21, 2020, but legal experts believe that it does not rise to the level of the Convention on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment, which stipulates that governments address the two phenomena at work through a “comprehensive, integrated and gender-sensitive approach, including through laws relating to employment, occupational health and safety, equality and non-discrimination, as well as criminal law.

According to the law, the punishment ranges from imprisonment between one month and two years, or a fine of 3 to 20 times the minimum wage, which is equal to 675,000 Syrian pounds, or 450 dollars according to the official exchange rate, and less than 100 dollars according to the law. Black marketWhich raises questions about the effectiveness of these fines to deter harassment.

Regarding the loopholes in the law criminalizing harassment, lawyer Laila Awada from the “Enough Violence and Exploitation” organization told Sky News Arabia, “The legislator’s mentality is not a protectionist mentality in Lebanon. From the effectiveness of law enforcement, the man is the owner of the authority and the head of the family.

Awada added that “the terminology used by the law is broad, and it is the same as the penal code, including describing sexual assaults as immorality, corruption and public morals, as the law defines sexual harassment as an abusive act, which is a broad standard.”

She continued, surprised: “There is no doubt that the media’s light handling of Habib’s case was a reason” for him to evade punishment, recalling that “a television station received him and gave him an opportunity to defend himself, when he complained about the victims and said that they defamed him, and he appeared on media Defending himself when in fact he should do so in court.”

As Randa Yasser, the international advisor on women’s affairs, told Sky News Arabia, “The law criminalizing harassment is based on the protection of society rather than the protection of the victim, and focused on the occurrence of harassment in a public place, that is, in the workplace.”

Yeser criticized giving Habib space in the media to defend himself, adding: “He continued to do the same behavior until he was arrested in the United States.”

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