Beirut port for the facade.. Bitar detonates surprises by summoning high-ranking personalities

A year and two months after he was removed from pursuing an explosion Beirut portThe judicial investigator, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, returned to resume his work, based on resounding legal jurisprudence that came as a surprise in terms of form and timing.

Jurisprudence considered that the Judicial Council is an independent body parallel to the General Authority of the Court of Cassation, and considered that any decision stipulating the disqualification of the judicial investigator is the abolition of a site that was established by a ministerial decree, so that the judicial investigator does not need permission to pursue the defendants, as it is essentially authorized to carry out With this task…

Two security claims

Perhaps the most prominent event in the decision to return to the judicial investigator was his willingness to sue a group of political, security and judicial figures for interrogation as defendants.

It was reported that the defendants included the Director General of Public Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, and the Director General of State Security, Major General Tony Saliba, and the notifications were sent to the Public Prosecution Office of the Court of Cassation, so that the defendants would be requested to investigate next week, as it was reported.

In this context, informed judicial sources told that Judge Bitar’s first step was to prosecute 8 of those responsible for the Beirut port explosion, including the Director General of Public Security and the Director General of State Security, who had previously requested permission to pursue them, but he was not. He gets it, there are 3 judges who have previously called on the Cassation Public Prosecution to prosecute them.

The second surprise… a senior judge

As for the second surprise, according to the judicial sources, it lies in the fact that the judicial investigator will soon start his claim against a senior judge because of his failure to carry out his duties to remove the nitrates from the port of Beirut, which caused its destruction.

The sources also pointed out that Judge Al-Bitar was now freed from responding to more than 20 requests that he was showered with by the defendants of the explosion who refused to appear before him, knowing that he resorted to legal jurisprudence when he sensed the existence of a serious decision to appoint a substitute judge who changes the course of investigations in favor of those who obstruct his mission.

break a judicial decision

In a related context, the reporter of the Prosecution Office for the port bombing, Attorney Shukri Haddad, explained to that the Public Prosecution Office at the Court of Cassation is supposed to have a position today on Judge Al-Bitar’s step.

He explained that if she refuses to implement the release decision, it means that she is breaking a judicial decision.

It will also be based on that the adoption of future steps, as he put it.

In exchange for the judicial investigator’s decision to prosecute senior security, political and judicial figures, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar decided to release 5 detainees in the port file out of 17, without bail, while preventing them from traveling.

It was learned that the judicial investigator had rejected requests to release other detainees who had submitted them.

Those released include Salim Shibli (a contractor for maintenance work at the port), Ahmed al-Rajab (a Syrian worker working with Salim Shibli), Michel Nahoul (a manager at the port), Shafiq Marei (formerly director of customs), and Sami Hussein (operations manager). in the harbour).

While the detainees’ defense team considers that Al-Bitar’s move is a violation of international law, because he made a decision to release 6 detainees while keeping the others in prison.

They also warned that what Judge Al-Bitar did opens the way for the families of the other detainees to file a complaint against him, for violating legal, humanitarian and international standards.

While the step of the judicial investigator left relief to the families of the victims of the port explosion, who repeatedly demand an end to obstructing the course of justice, accountability and investigations conducted by Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, refusing to appoint a second judge after attempts to remove Bitar.

An uprising against the obstructors and support from the families of the victims

William Noun, the victim’s brother, Djo Noun, told that Judge Al-Bitar’s step is great and restores the spirit of the investigations, and it is tantamount to an uprising against attempts to surround him and shackle him from work.

Since Judge Tariq Al-Bitar assumed his duties, the families of the victims formed a strong barrier to defend his duties, and organized campaigns of solidarity with him in the face of those who obstructed his investigations.

Noun also called on Judge Al-Bitar to complete the investigations until the indictment is issued and published to the public, stressing the continuation of his support, while calling for an international investigation.

Judge Al-Bitar’s move comes after he met a French judicial delegation in Beirut at the end of last week and announced his adherence to the port investigation file and that he would not give up the case under any pressure.

It is noteworthy that the judicial investigator, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, stopped his work in December 2021 as a result of the hand-holding requests submitted by current and former ministers and deputies who were accused of the port explosion and refused to appear before him.

Bitar faced major political pressures, most notably from Hezbollah, as one of his senior officials visited the Palace of Justice in Beirut, threatening to “cap” the judicial investigator if he continued his investigations.

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