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Protesters Demand Accountability After Officials Suspend Probe into 2020 Beirut Port Blast

HeadlineOct 01, 2021

In Lebanon, survivors of last year’s devastating blast at the Port of Beirut took to the streets to protest the recent suspension of an investigation into the deadly incident. Prior to the suspension, top officials moved to dismiss the lead investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar, from the case. This is Karine Hitti, who lost both her husband and her brother in the explosion.

Karine Hitti: “The judge is getting threatened by politicians and by everyone he is trying to accuse. I don’t know how the suspects have the right to submit a complaint to doubt the judge’s impartiality. They are suspects. They should be investigated and have to prove they are innocent.”

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