Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The judicial investigator in the Beirut port explosion, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, resumed, on Tuesday, his investigations into the case, which had been suspended for 13 months. And he decided to prosecute eight new people, the National News Agency reported, on Tuesday.
The agency added that Al-Bitar released 5 detainees, including the former Director General of Customs and a Syrian worker, with a travel ban, while he refused to release 12 others.
Al-Bitar said that his return to resume the investigation is based on “legal articles,” and that “the person of the judicial investigator is linked to the case he is looking into. If the judicial investigator is dismissed, the case ends.”
According to the Lebanese News Agency, Al-Bitar gave himself “the right to sue judges, security personnel and military personnel without obtaining permission from their departments, because Article 362 of the Code of Criminal Procedure lifted any restrictions on the tasks of the judicial investigator, and gave him powers similar to those granted to the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Cassation in claim.”--
On the other hand, the Public Prosecutor, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, rejected Al-Bitar’s decisions “totally and in detail, because Al-Bitar’s hand is blind to the file by law,” according to what was reported by the National News Agency, on Tuesday.-
Oweidat addressed Al-Bitar, saying: “No decision has been issued, until that moment, to accept or reject your response, or to transfer or not transfer the case before you.”
On August 4, 2020, the Beirut port explosion occurred, killing more than 215 people, with more than 6,000 injured.