Beirut Port Blast Investigation to Resume After Court Rejects Legal Complaints

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BEIRUT: Lebanese Judge Tarek Bitter will resume his investigation into the devastating Beirut port explosion on Tuesday after a court of appeals dismissed legal complaints filed against him by former ministers. The court said she was not qualified to rule on the complaints, while fined her 800,000 Lebanese pounds ($46) for this “frivolous claim”. Also read- Beirut blasts: India sends food supplies, medicines to Lebanese capital as emergency humanitarian aid

The investigation was suspended for a week after former Interior Minister Nauhad Machnouk filed a complaint against Betar in addition to a similar allegation filed by former ministers. Also Read – Beirut Blast Impact: NASA Satellite Captures Damage After Beirut Blast From Space

Beitar, who led the investigation into the Beirut blasts that killed more than 200 people, aims to interrogate former ministers on suspicion of negligence. Also Read – Beirut Blasts: Lebanese PM Hassan Diab Announces Government Resignation Over Tragic Blasts

The twin blasts on August 4, 2020 also injured at least 6,000 people and left another 300,000 homeless. A large part of the Lebanese capital was destroyed in this disaster.

Earlier, the suspension of the investigation has sparked outrage among the victims of the blast.

The investigation pointed to about 500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material, which was left at the port as the cause of the explosions. The blast took place on 4 August 2020.

(with inputs from IANS)

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