Finance General Prosecutor, Judge Ali Ibrahim said: "I treat the issues of the Lebanese University as a person belonging thereto and not as a judge. I feel concerned to protect it as a national institution." With this sentence, Judge Ali Ibrahim expressed his relationship with the Lebanese University where he studied and is currently a professor.
Born in Al-Wardaniah, Judge Ali Ibrahim remembers the days he was a student at the Lebanese University - Faculty of Law, Political & Administrative Sciences. In an exclusive interview given to the LU website, he adds, "I studied in the faculty when it was still located in Sanayeh, the place for all categories and classes, where we, as a youth, used to meet even on holidays".
Judge Ibrahim began at the Lebanese University by obtaining a Bachelor degree in Law in 1980, a Diploma in Public Law in 1982, a Diploma in Private Law in 1984, a PhD in Law in 1990, and then started teaching at the Faculty during the academic year 1990-1991.
Judge Ibrahim could never forget the student life in Beirut and he recalls some of his professors among whom Dr. Mustafa Al-Awji, Dr. Nicolas Aswad and Dr. Atef Al-Naqib. He also recalls his fellow graduates, General Prosecutor of the North Nabil Wehbe and the President of the Court of Appeal in Mount Lebanon, Rima Chebaro.
Judge Ibrahim, who is also Chairman of the Cooperative Fund of judges, had and still has faith in the Lebanese University and its educational level. His three children, Farah, Mohammed and Karim are also graduates of the same Faculty.
Judge Ibrahim is known of being open to the media, which is not common in the judiciary sector. He adds, “The public is entitled to access some facts and we need to convince people that certain authorities are working and following up cases which are in the right hands.”
Judge Ibrahim did not overlook the role of social media, which has become a pressing factor to clarify some subjects. However, he considers that the openness to the media should preserve the privacy of the judiciary system.
In response to a question on the ability of the judiciary to fight corruption, he said, "The judiciary is able to face corruption alone if the legal means are available, including the lifting of immunities, namely “sectarian immunities”.
Judge Ibrahim concluded, "I became who I am because of the Lebanese University, where I started and will end my career. I wish for the University and its students to maintain the level of excellence that we have witnessed lately."