He continued, “Basil, along with Peter Germanus (former official), and Majid Booz were added to the list of defendants to appear before an American judge to consider the inheritance case brought by the Lebanese resident in Florida, Lara Mansour, to obtain an inheritance of $ 10 million, which obstructed his transfer by the Lebanese government as a representative. Minister of Justice at the time Salim Jreissati. “
The report added, “In addition to the new complaint that includes Bassil, the American judge issued an order to“ explain the reason, ”ordering former defendants (from the Lebanese government) Samir Hammoud, Ziad Makna, Ziad Abu Haidar and Pascal Antoun to answer why they have not yet complied with the court order. “The judge has given the defendants from the Lebanese government until November 9 to answer the reason for their non-compliance,” he said, asking them to either hire a new lawyer or submit a notice of intent to move forward.He pointed out that, “while he was a foreign minister at the time, Bassil’s role in the case, which escalated last June, has not yet been clarified, as the papers of a personal lawsuit and the dispute of an American-Lebanese woman named” Lara Mansour “with her relatives revealed the depth of the problems that the Lebanese authorities are experiencing with The US government, in addition to the development of the powers of US courts to consider crimes or transgressions committed by foreign officials on the territories of their countries.
He added, “In addition, this issue began years ago when Eveline Mansour died in Lebanon, then her brother George Mansour passed away and left an inheritance.” Heiress Lara, residing in Florida, USA, says that several people conspired to steal her right to inheritance, which arrives. Its value amounted to more than ten million US dollars, and the American court considered that it has the authority to hear the case, including the case against the former Lebanese Minister of Justice Salim Jreissati and senior judges in Lebanon.
He pointed out that “the case was filed initially in 2017 and reports that the then Minister of Justice (Jreissati) obstructed” Lara “from obtaining her rights through the Lebanese courts, and he asked one of the judges to file charges against her in an attempt to force her to withdraw her case from the American courts, while another judge With the concealment of the case papers, the case papers also demanded the prosecution of the accused, including the former minister and 3 judges, in criminal cases. ”
And he stated, “In an indication of the seriousness of that case at the time, US Ambassador Elizabeth Richards raised this issue with the then-former Minister of Justice, who assured her that all errors had been corrected. What complicates the case is that Lara Mansour Samaha’s lawyer withdrew the case.” From the American court in April 2019, to find out later that the matter happened after pressure was put on Lara and her husband, Elie Samaha.
The report stated, “According to the case papers,“ Lara ”traveled to Lebanon on the promise of settling the case and obtaining the promised legacy. Regarding the lawsuit you filed before the US courts. ”
He pointed out that “at this time, her husband went to the new Minister of Justice, Albert Sarhan, who requested that the lawsuit be withdrawn so that the wife could be released, after which the husband was arrested and joined his wife in the detention center, and again the US embassy intervened in favor of the detainees, but Lara and her husband They remained in prison for a week, then the heir abandoned her case in contact with her lawyer in the United States.
He continued, “At that time, the Lebanese government, namely the former Minister Jreissati and the Lebanese judges, responded to the lawsuit, asserting that the court has no authority whatsoever to consider the case, especially since” it was submitted by Lebanese authorities against Lebanese officials and related to litigation in Lebanon under Lebanese law regarding property in Lebanon owned by its Lebanese father Who died in Lebanon. ”
He concluded, “However, American courts are now more than ever legally qualified to hear the lawsuits of American citizens against the governments of foreign countries, and this has been proven in the case of American plaintiffs who were victims of Al Qaeda attacks on the United States embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam during the 1990s. The US Supreme Court affirmed the right of Americans and those affected other than Americans to obtain compensation from the Government of Sudan, which provided support to Al Qaeda, which in turn carried out this operation.
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