On Tuesday, Member of Parliament Ghazi Zaiter reportedly walked out of a session of the Administration and Justice Parliamentary Committee after being summoned and charged as a suspect.
According to al-Jadeed TV, Zaiter was quoted as saying, “They want to argue and they are ignorant of the law,” during the session. The network also reported that a heated debate ensued after Amal MPs attacked Judge Tarek Bitar.
Zaiter allegedly described Bitar as “mentally ill.”
In an interview with al-Jadeed, Zaiter refused to comment on the incident and stated that he would “respond” to Bitar’s summoning of him “through the judiciary.”
At the same time, the pro-Hezbollah paper al-Akhbar ran the following headline: “Port investigation: Tarek Bitar has gone mad,” where they accused him of acting “on the basis of American orders and with European judicial support”.
The Lebanese people, particularly the families of the victims, have been calling for justice and accountability for the disaster, which resulted in one of the deadliest non-nuclear explosions in history.
The international community has also called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the incident.
In remarks published to Annahar, Judge Tarek Bitar said he did what his “conscience dictated” on him after “having reached a dead end.”
“Let it be opposed by whoever wants to oppose it. My legal conviction obliged me to do what I did,” Bitar went on to say.