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Lebanese official sacked over tweet

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Published on October 06, 2017 with No Comments

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Major Suzan Haj Hobeiche, the head of the Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Bureau in Lebanon, has been removed from her powerful position after she supported a tweet accusing Saudi women of driving booby-trapped cars.

A Lebanese producer Charbel Khalil posted a tweet that immediately waded into controversy. “The news women were allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia was incomplete. They were allowed to drive cars only if they were booby-trapped,” he said. His tweet was widely condemned by Lebanese as tasteless. Hobeiche reportedly liked the tweet, but quickly cancelled her “Like” and later shut down her account. However, a capture of her “Like” was widely circulated on the social media, prompting her superiors to take the decision to dismiss her and to replace her.

Hobeiche, a mother of three, as a Master’s Degree in Computer Technology from the Lebanese University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering also from the Lebanese University. Hobeiche has been very active and she has been adviser for several anti-drug and women’s rights NGOs since 2005 until now and a coordinator at the Ministry of Social Affairs since 2004. Her areas of expertise include cybercrime, cybercrime investigation, network forensic, forensic analysis, telecommunication, programming languages, community policing and weaponry.


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