| 2 March 2024, Saturday |

Beirut Port Blast case investigations still being delayed…

As a result of the lawsuit filed by MP Ali Hassan Khalil and Ghazi Zeaiter against the President of the First Chamber of the Court of Cassation, Judge Naji Eid, to prevent him from delivering a judgment regarding the claim stipulating the dismissal of the investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar, the file of the investigation into the explosion of the Port of Beirut entered a new cycle, likely to plunge the file into a long period of delay and without prospect.

It is noteworthy that the head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Suhail Abboud, upon his return to his office after recovering from the virus, appointed the second chamber of the Civil Court of Cassation, headed by Judge Roula Al Masry, to consider the case of Judge Eid’s dismissal, as Khalil and Zeaiter’s Attorneys at-Law rushed to hand over the Registry of the Court of Cassation, a copy of the decision assigning the Egyptian Court of the Case to decide on the case of Eid’s dismissal, forcing the latter to suspend all his procedures related to the case of dismissal of Bitar, until the decision is issued to accept or reject Eid’s dismissal request.

The defense team for Khalil and Zeaiter considers that Judge Eid “lacks impartiality, and is not qualified to consider the claim of Bitar dismissal.”

Not far from the ongoing conflict over this issue, the General Assembly of the Court of Cassation held a session today headed by Judge Suhail Abboud, and discussed the outstanding files it had, most notably the lawsuit submitted by the former Minister Youssef Fenianos, to sue the Lebanese state for the grave mistakes committed by Judge Bitar, as a result of issuing an arrest warrant in absentia against him, and not taking into account the formal defenses submitted by him, which stipulate the exclusive pursuit of ministers in the Supreme Council for the Trial of Presidents and Ministers, and an informed source expected Sawt Beirut International, that the General Authority of the Court of Cassation would issue its decision in the Fenianos lawsuit tomorrow.

  • Sawt Beirut International