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Hezbollah has signed the judge, and the Beirut port disaster investigation is stuck - Walla! news

2021-10-12T21:09:03.223Z

The investigation into the deadly explosion was halted again following a new petition by former ministers wanted for questioning. Nasrallah is demanding the replacement of Judge Tarek Bitar "straight and transparent," and the families of the victims are outraged at the incessant delays in the investigation. Bitter was appointed to the post in February, after his predecessor was fired due to similar allegations



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Hezbollah has signed the judge, and the Beirut port disaster investigation is stuck

The investigation into the deadly explosion was halted again following a new petition by former ministers wanted for questioning.

Nasrallah is demanding the replacement of Judge Tarek Bitar "straight and transparent," and the families of the victims are outraged at the incessant delays in the investigation.

Bitter was appointed to the post in February, after his predecessor was fired due to similar allegations

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 22:50 Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 00:00

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Beirut port shrouded in smoke after last year's explosion (Photo: AP)

The judge leading the disaster investigation at the port of Beirut was forced today (Tuesday) to stop the investigation for the second time in a few weeks, shortly after issuing an arrest warrant against a former minister.

Tarek Bitar, who was appointed to the post in February after his predecessor was ousted due to summoning senior officials for questioning, was also marked by prominent figures in Lebanon.

One of them is Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah, who on Monday demanded the appointment of an "honest and transparent" judge in place of Tiar, whom he accused of being a biased factor with political ambitions.



Bitar was recently forced to suspend the investigation for a week This month, a court in Beirut rejected their petitions and allowed Bitar to resume his work, but the same ministers petitioned another court and the court ruled that the investigation should be stopped until a decision is made on the matter.

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Shortly before that, Bitar issued an arrest warrant against one of the ministers - Ali Hassan Khalil, a former finance minister and member of the Shiite Amal party close to Hezbollah and headed by parliamentary speaker Nabiya Berry. his lawyer appeared on the scene and requested additional time for defense. Bitar was to investigate the coming day the Ghazi Zu'aitir, former Minister of public works, before he was forced to suspend work following a petition filed by former ministers, including Zu'aitir itself.



human rights groups and relatives of victims of the disaster condemned Politicians on disrupting an explosion investigation that occurred on August 4, 2020 following a flare-up of more than 2,000 tons of ammonium nitrate. More than 200 people were killed in the disaster, thousands more were injured and large parts of the capital were destroyed. Lebanon opposes growing calls for an independent and international inquiry.

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