| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Bitar will soon resume investigations, but lawsuits against him will not stop

File investigations into the port explosion returned to the fore again.

After a long wait, the Court of Cassation headed by Judge Rola Al-Masry issued its decision refusing to disqualify Judge Naji Eid, after MPs Ali Hassan Khalil and Ghazi Zuaiter had submitted a request to dismiss him, after he had previously expressed an opinion in a second lawsuit related to Judge Bitar.

As a result of the liberation of Judge Naji Eid, it is expected that he will come tomorrow to the Palace of Justice to receive the file of the response request submitted against Bitar, provided that his decision is issued at the latest next week, amid information that Judge Eid’s decision is almost settled in favor of Bitar because he has already considered and expressed his opinion in a similar lawsuit.

Therefore, Judge Tariq Bitar is supposed to resume his investigations into the port explosion soon, unless we are going to witness a new chapter in the series of lawsuits filed against him.

Judicial sources confirm that Ministers Ghazi Zuaiter and Ali Hassan Khalil cannot file a new response case against Bitar, but they can file a case against the state before the General Authority of the Court of Cassation, which leads to the suspension of Bitar’s investigation into their files until the Court of Cassation decides the litigation case. On the other hand, there is more than one party that can resort to filing a lawsuit requesting a response against the judicial investigator other than Zuaiter and Hassan Khalil, such as former Prime Minister Hassan Diab, MP Nohad Al-Machnouk, or former Minister Youssef Fenianos.

Unfortunately, it seems that the indictment is still a long way off. Until Al-Bitar returns to his investigations again, new lawsuits have been prepared against him to suspend his work, and judicial sources do not expect the investigations to end before the parliamentary elections to prevent the issuance of the indictment and the accusations it will contain that may harm some of the forces that are running for merit.

After all of the above, it is possible to explain the reasons for the return of the Shiite duo to boycotting the sessions of the Council of Ministers. Removing was practically done, though without an announcement, and unfortunately, the fact that the port exploded also flew with it.

  • Sawt Beirut International