| 19 April 2024, Friday |

Bitar continues investigations into Beirut port explosion

Judicial investigator in the Beirut Port bombing case, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, began on Monday, listening to the former Director General of Customs, Shafiq Merhi, provided that he listened to the Director General of Customs Badri Daher as soon as the hearing was completed.

The new judicial investigator continues his investigations into the case a few days ago, by interrogating the 25 detainees in the case.

On Friday, Judge Bitar questioned the Director General of Land and Maritime Transport, Abdel Hafiz Al-Qaisi, and the director of the port , Muhammad al-Mawla, who were arrested in the file, in the presence of their defense agents, and representatives of the Beirut Bar Association with its agency on behalf of the families of the victims. He will be questioning  the Director General of Customs, Badri Daher, and other employees today

Last week, Bitar interrogated 10 detainees, most of them from maintenance teams and workers at the port. Accordingly, he will decide later to complete the prosecution against some of the detainees, or to release them

Some of the victims’ families prefer to go to the international investigation, considering that “these families have the right to reach the definitive truth about the martyrdom of their children through the method they find appropriate, whether through a local or international investigation.”

Since assuming his duties, Bitar has not summoned or interrogated any of the former politicians or ministers who were previously charged by the former judge, Fadi Sawan, for the offense of negligence and indifference