The judicial investigator in the Beirut port explosion, Monday, January 23, resumed his investigations, 13 months after they were suspended due to lawsuits filed successively by a number of defendants against him.
According to what a judicial official told the “AFP”.
Judge Tariq Bitar decided to release five detainees since the explosion that rocked the capital in August 2020, including two former officials at the port, in addition to prosecuting eight new people, including two high-ranking security officials, the Director General of Public Security Abbas Ibrahim and the Director General of State Security Tony Saliba, according to the official. judicial.
The investigation into the explosion, which resulted in more than 215 dead and 6,500 injured in December 2021, was suspended as a result of lawsuits filed successively by defendants, including current MPs and former ministers, against the judicial investigator. “.
Bitar had claimed more than a year ago against former Prime Minister Hassan Diab and former ministers, including former Ministers of Works Youssef Fenianos and Ghazi Zuaiter, and former Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil. It was also a request to interrogate both Ibrahim and Saliba.-
However, he collided with political interference that prevented the completion of his work, with major forces, most notably Hezbollah, the most prominent political and military player in Lebanon, objecting to his work and accusing him of “politicizing” the file, leading to the demand for his stepping down.