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Lebanon-The judge in charge of the explosion in Beirut cancels the hearing of the former Prime Minister Diab-SCE

 Lebanon-The judge in charge of the explosion in Beirut cancels the hearing of the former Prime Minister Diab-SCE Lebanon-crisis / Explosion: Lebanon-the judge in charge of the investigation of the Explosion in Beirut Cancels the hearing of the former Prime Minister Diab-SCE Beirut, October 28 (Reuters) - Lebanese Judge in charge of the Explosion in the Port of Beirut in August 2020, Tarek Bitar, Canceled Thursday The planned hearing of former Prime Minister Hassan Diab after the latter filed a complaint against the aiming prosecution, was learned from a judicial source.

Les décombres du port de Beyrouth après la double explosion du 4 août 2020, qui a fait plus de 215 victimes. © Dylan Collins, AFP The rubble of the port of Beirut after the double explosion of 4 August 2020, which made more than 215 victims.

The judge in charge of the double explosion in the port of Beirut in 2020 was forced Thursday, for the third time, to suspend his investigations following the appeal of a former minister.

While Lebanon continues to dive into the political and economic crisis, Judge Tareq Bitar, in charge of the Double Explosion Investigation at the Port of Beirut in August 2020 , was forced Thursday, November 4 to suspend again his Investigations, indicated a judicial source at AFP. An third suspension due to the recourse of a former minister.

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Tareq Bitar is subject to intense pressures, especially from the powerful pro-Iran Hezbollah which accuses it to politicize the survey on this double explosion which has made more than 215 dead, and requires its replacement.

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The case

paralyzes the Government , which has not been together for three weeks because of the requirements of Hezbollah, and degenerated in violence that made seven dead on October 14th .

The magistrate "was informed by the Court of Cassation of a recourse presented by former Minister Youssef Fenianos (..), which forced him to suspend the investigation," said the judicial source.

In total, fifteen complaints against Judge

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Tareq Bitar had issued in September an arrest warrant remained without enforcement against this former Minister of Public Works after his refusal to appear.

The political leaders of all banks refuse to be interviewed by the judge, even if the authorities imputed the drama, which destroyed entire districts of Beirut, storage without precautionary measures of enormous amounts of ammonium nitrate.

The politicians involved filed fifteen complaints against the Bitar judge to hinder the investigation, according to the judicial source, forcing him to suspend his investigations twice in October and September.

Some fear that the magistrate does not know the same fate as his predecessor, Fadi Sawan, removed in February after the indictment of senior officials.

Points of the finger for criminal negligence, the authorities are accused by the families of the victims and NGOs to torpedilize the investigation to avoid charges.

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