Lawyers for former ministers Ali Hasan Khalil and Ghazi Zeiter register new legal complaint against Judge Tarek Bitar. Beirut, Lebanon – The probe into the Beirut port explosion has been suspended after two former ministers facing charges lodged a new legal complaint against the lead investigator. The development came moments after Judge Tarek Bitar issued an arrest warrant for ex-finance minister Ali Hasan Khalil on Tuesday, after he did not show up for questioning. Shortly afterwards, the judge was notified that lawyers for Khalil and former public works minister Ghazi Zeiter, who has also been charged, had made a new request to dismiss him from the case, a judicial source told Al Jazeera. Bitar’s other questioning sessions scheduled this week for Khalil, Zeiter and former interior minister Nouhad Machnouk have been suspended. The request on Tuesday was Zeiter and Khalil’s third attempt to remove Bitar from his position as the head of the probe into the explosion at Beirut’s port last August, which killed more than 200 people, injured about 6,500 and devastated large parts of the city. In this file photo from 2015, then Lebanese Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil (C) attends a meeting of Arab Financial Institutions on April 7, 2015 in Kuwait City [Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP] Their initial request filed late last month led to the temporary suspension of the probe. The request was rejected by the Appeals Court on October 4, followed by another rejection from the Cassation Court on Monday. Machnouk and former Public Works Minister Youssef Finianos previously lodged two separa . . . read the full article here.
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DATE: 2015, years, Monday, Tuesday, February, October 4, September, this week, last August, April 7, 2015, August 4, 2020, late last month, later this month
PERSON: Bitar, Sawan, Khalil, Zeiter, Finianos, Fadi Sawan, Hassan Diab, Tarek Bitar, Ghazi Zeiter, Nizar Saghieh, Nouhad Machnouk, Ali Hasan Khalil, Yasser al-Zayyat, Youssef Finianos, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah,
CARDINAL: two, about 6,500, more than 200, An estimated 300,000