Terro: Corruption allegations not backed with evidence are void


Minister of the Displaced Alaaeddine Terro, a member of MP Walid Jumblatt’s parliamentary bloc said on Saturday that corruption allegations need to be backed with evidence, otherwise they will be considered void.

Nobody should accuse others of corruption, since everyone has used power for own purposes, he told Free Lebanon radio.

Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun and other MPs from his bloc have harshly criticized the Finance Ministry and called for an investigation of state accounts as of 1993, during the first term of the slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In 2006 former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora submitted a bill to parliament that would contract global financial companies to audit state accounts since 1989, but Aoun reportedly rejected the proposal and wanted the auditing to take place as 0f 1993

According to observers Aoun rejected Siniora’s proposal because such an investigation would cover the period of his disputed presidency. Aoun reportedly stole $50 million from the Lebanese treasury in 1989. Following his defeat by the Syrian army on 13 October 1990 he went into exile to France.