Lebanon's Beirut blast probe judge suspends questioning of former PM Diab-legal source


FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab is pictured after submitting his resignation to Lebanon's President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 10, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Beirut blast probe judge Tarek Bitar suspended on Thursday the interrogation of for former Prime Minister Hassan Diab after Diab filed a suit, a legal source said.

The suit was filed by Diab over his prosecution by Bitar on Wednesday. Diab, who has been charged over the Aug. 4, 2020 blast that killed over 215 people, had already missed at least two interrogation sessions.

Bitar was officially notified of the legal suit arguing that he did not have the authority to interrogate the former prime minister which automatically forces him to suspend the session, the legal source said.

"The suspension of questioning relates only to Diab in this case," the source told Reuters.

Judge Bitar has sought to question top politicians, including former ministers and members of parliament, since July but nearly all have spurned him with some raising legal complaints against him questioning his impartiality.

Bitar has in the past issued arrest warrants for ministers who failed to show up for interrogation, and Diab's lawsuit was likely an 11th-hour attempt to prevent a similar scenario after his interrogation scheduled for Thursday.

(Reporting by Maha El Dahan; Writing by Yasmin Hussein; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

Botswana's health director says majority of Omicron variant cases were asymptomatic
Anguish for migrants' families after Channel tragedy
Czech journalist and human rights defender Petr Uhl dies
Honduran president-elect's party hopes for narrow majority in Congress
Clashes over Iran-Afghanistan's 'border misunderstanding' ended
Cuba to upgrade homegrown COVID-19 vaccine to confront Omicron
Omicron likely to spread beyond Canada and Brazil, says regional health agency
Explainer-Who are Islamic State's affiliates in Congo and Uganda?
WHO expects to have more information on Omicron transmission 'within days'
Hundreds of Ugandan troops cross into Congo as offensive widens

Others Also Read


Vouchers