Beirut Port blast judge allowed to continue investigation after month delay

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Beirut Port blast judge allowed to continue investigation after month delay
Hezbollah could be angered by the decision to allow Judge Tarek Bitar to resume his investigation into the chemical blast.
By TZVI JOFFRE
Published: DECEMBER 7, 2021

The Beirut Court of Appeals has given Tarek Bitar, the judicial investigator in the Beirut Port blast case, the green light to continue his work on Tuesday after he was ordered to halt the investigation over a month ago due to an appeal by former Public Works Minister Youssef Fenianos. The court also fined Fenianos 800,000 Lebanese pounds ($530). The former minister had been charged and summoned for questioning by Bitar, sparking the appeal which halted the investigation last month.

The decision could anger Hezbollah, as the movement has expressed strong opposition in recent months to Bitar continuing the investigation. The case has been suspended multiple times due to allegations of bias filed by officials who have been charged by the judge. Both implied and explicit threats have been made by Hezbollah and its allies against Bitar in recent months, claiming that the investigation is being influenced by foreign and political pressure.

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