Beirut port explosion… Suspension of Diab’s interrogation session after his claim against the state

Beirut port explosion… Suspension of Diab’s interrogation session after his claim against the state
Beirut port explosion… Suspension of Diab’s interrogation session after his claim against the state

Today, Thursday, the judicial investigator of the Beirut port explosion, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, suspended the interrogation session of the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, the defendant in the case, after he was informed of the litigation he had filed against the Lebanese state.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Diab filed a lawsuit against the Lebanese state before the General Assembly of the Court of Cassation, about the decisions issued by Judge Al-Bitar, especially in terms of “prosecuting him and informing him in violation of the rules.”

For his part, the former Lebanese Minister of Interior, Nouhad Machnouk, filed today, Thursday, a lawsuit against the state, prior to his interrogation session as a defendant in the Beirut port explosion, which means that his interrogation session scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, has been suspended.

Thus, Judge Al-Bitar will stop the file of Diab and Al-Machnouk temporarily, until the request is decided upon, while the judicial investigator completes his duties with regard to the other defendants, as the interrogation session, tomorrow, Friday, set for the defendant, the former Minister of Public Works, MP Ghazi Zuaiter, is still on time. Unless the latter files a lawsuit against the Lebanese state, which is expected to happen today, to stop Al-Bitar’s hand and suspend the expected session.

Those familiar with the case consider that Diab, who had previously refrained from appearing before the judicial investigator several times, and against whom two subpoenas were issued, resorted to this step, which would stop Al-Bitar’s hand as soon as he was notified of the case to suspend the interrogation session, especially since the tendency was to issue an arrest warrant against him as well. The defendants are former Minister of Works Youssef Fenianos, and former Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil.

A Lebanese judicial source previously told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, “This lawsuit prompts Al-Bitar to stop doing any work or procedure related to the plaintiff, and this does not apply to the defendants, Zuaiter and Al-Machnouk, as their interrogation session remains in place unless they take Diab’s path. Himself”.

The source points out that “what distinguishes this lawsuit is that the court may reject it directly without discussing it or notifying the parties to the lawsuit if it considers that there are no serious reasons for it.”

The Lebanese Parliament approves the holding of parliamentary elections in March instead of May

On the other hand, the Lebanese parliament voted today, Thursday, in a plenary session headed by Nabih Berri, in favor of holding the parliamentary elections on March 27, instead of May 8.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun had refused to bring the parliamentary elections closer, and rejected the amendments to the electoral law for the same reasons that his son-in-law, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gibran Bassil, had objected to, based mainly on the natural and climatic factors that make it impossible to hold the parliamentary elections in March. March 2022, noting that the majority of the joint committees stuck to their previous position when they met the day before yesterday, Tuesday.

The Lebanese Parliament had approved the holding of parliamentary elections on March 27, after the issue was put to the vote during a plenary session called by Berri, amid strong opposition from Bassil to the amendments that occurred, especially in terms of bringing the election date from May to March 2022. The expatriates voted for 128 deputies, with the abolition of the six parliamentary seats that were stipulated by law for the upcoming electoral cycle, which represent expatriates at the level of continents.

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