Lebanon Court Dismisses Complaints Against Judge Leading the Beirut Blast Inquiry

Lebanon Court Dismisses Complaints Against Judge Leading the Beirut Blast Inquiry
Photo: Kareem Chehayeb (Al Jazeera)

Juliette Wangen

Middle East & Human Rights Researcher

Global Human Rights Defence

On 4 October 2021, the Beirut Appeals Court dismissed complaints filed against Judge Tarek Bitar, the leading judge in the inquiry regarding the Beirut port explosion. This development comes a week after three former ministers, who are incidentally under investigation in the same matter, requested Judge Bitar’s removal from the inquiry. The suspension of the probe had drawn widespread criticism from human rights defenders and families of the victims, who argued that the political elite of Lebanon attempted to obstruct the investigation in an effort to achieve total impunity. The inquiry can now be resumed, albeit in a tense political climate.

Bibliography

Al Jazeera, ‘Court allows Judge Bitar to resume Beirut blast investigation’ (4 October 2021)