A surprising Turnaround

Nearly eleven month after the deadly explosion in the port of Beirut, while no one really wasn´t expecting this, there seems to be some kind of progress taking place in the investigation of this catastrophe.

In February, leading judge of the investigations, Fadi Sawwan, resigned. He accused several members of parliament to be involved and that seemed to be a step to far for the political elite, so that he shouldn´t continue his work.

All the more surprising were the news from yesterday, reporting that the new judge, Tarek Bitar, is taking the exact same steps as his predecessor by acusing several members of parliament. These are two members of Amal, former Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khali and former Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter as well as Nahoud Machnouk, former Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk of Sunni dominated Future Movement.

Four other persons were as well accused of being responsible, all of them with high positions in military or security forces. To a lesser degree also caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab and Youssef Fenianos.

If these investigations will finally lead to the conviction of any of these persons is, after all previous experiences, all but certain.

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