Lebanese MP blocks port investigation to stall for immunity

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Lebanese Judge Tarek Bitar, who leads the investigation into the Beirut port explosion, has been forced to suspend his investigation after a former minister filed a request to have the judge removed from the case. Former Interior Minister and current MP Nouhad Machnouk asked the Court of Appeals to remove Bitar from the case, alleging that the judge has a political bias. Bitar is the second appointee to lead the investigation into the4 August 2020 port explosion which killed over 214 people and wounded at least 6,500. His predecessor, Fadi Sawan, was also removed from the investigation after t…

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