Ghada Eid: I am not above the law
Tue, Aug 08 2009
New Television journalist Ghada Eid insisted on Monday she was not “above the law” three days after managing to elude police officers charged with arresting her. Eid, who presents the weekly television program “Al Fasad,” Arabic for “corruption,” is charged with slandering Judge Shaheed Salameh. Denying she was facing an arrest warrant, Eid told the Al-Akhbar newspaper she was “not above the law. However, I have the right to object to any form of legal action taken [against me] that does not adhere to the [legal] norms.” She also dismissed the arrest warrant as “a mistake.”
Police surrounded New Television’s headquarters in Beirut’s Wata al-Msaitbeh neighborhood Friday in a bid to arrest Eid, but did not enter the building where she was presenting a live episode of her show. New Television said Eid had managed to leave the building “for an unknown destination.” Eid declined to tell Al-Akhbar how she escaped.
Salameh has accused Eid of slander for an episode of her show when she discussed the 2008 assassination of Phalange Party official Nasri Marouni. Marouni, Eid’s cousin, was shot dead by gunmen near the party’s headquarters in Zahle.
Free Patriotic Movement MP Ibrahim Kanaan has also accused Eid of slander. The MP called Eid’s television show in June and accused her of committing “political assassination” against him and of fabricating stories about his involvement in election corruption.
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