Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat accused an adviser to Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq of leading a campaign against the Judicial Police.
In an interview with As Safir daily published on Monday Jumblatt said that the advisor, a retired Internal Security Forces Brig. Gen., has been launching an “organized campaign against Judicial Police led by Brig. Gen. Naji al-Masri.”
The Judicial Police is carrying out its security duties despite the campaign and despite being deprived of its needs, Jumblatt stressed.
As part of the budget restriction imposed on the agency, only 20 new members out of 900 who have recently graduated were admitted to Judicial Police although it requires all the support it needs, he told the daily .
He also blasted the ministry of Interior for its failure to refer the case of the sex trafficking network, which has been recently discovered to the Judicial Police for investigation, he said, adding that legally the issue should fall under its jurisdiction.
An ISF officer has taken charge of the probe in violation of the norms, Jumblatt added.
The PSP chief stressed that the campaign targeting the Judicial Police comes as part of a political battle to replace its current leader with an officer who is loyal to other political personalities. He did not specify the other political personalities he is referring to.