(UPDATE) Abou Faour, Rifi hold food safety talks

JANUARY 21, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Public Health Minister, Wael Abu Faour, visited on Wednesday Justice Minister, Ashraf Rifi, at the Ministry of Justice in presence of General Prosecutor, Judge Samir Hammoud.

Abu Faour said that the meeting majorly focused on the ongoing communications and efforts between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice, and the judicial body, over the best means to fight corruption.

“It’s true that we have launched an anti-corruption campaign, but we must also fight corruption across all the Lebanese state. Anti-corruption means reform, and reform cannot be without the existence of an active judicial body because it is the biggest deterrent. With every food safety campaign, there was an active response from the judiciary. Perhaps things took some time to launch the campaign at the judicial level, but it was finally activated and we are dealing with the major files seriously,” Abou Faour said.

The Minister went on to affirm that the judicial “renaissance” was directly responsible for the success or even failure of this campaign. He also regretted that moral deterrents did not exist among some traders in Lebanon.

“But there is a judicial deterrent. There are people with influence and money that think that they are stronger than the state. What happened recently proved that this matter is not true because the judiciary is the strongest.”

For his part, Minister Rifi confirmed that he had met with Abu Faour to follow up on the Ministry of Health’s anti-corruption campaign.

“Things may be slow in the judiciary because things move from one department to another, but the judiciary is always fully ready to keep up with this campaign,” Rifi asserted.

SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon