Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international organization that exposes abuses of power around the world, issued a report presenting the flaws in investigations related to politically linked murders in Lebanon.
The files HRW examined are those of four murders in Lebanon that remain in the dark with no arrest and no justice served. with still no answer and no justice:
“The investigations concerning multiple failures, gross negligence, and procedural violations in four politically sensitive murder investigations in the past two years reflect that generous donor funding and training to Lebanon’s security forces and judiciary have not resulted in the rule of law,” HRW issued.
HRW examined these investigations led by the Internal Security Forces (ISF) whose personnel has received training from the European Union, Germany, and the United States for the use of forensic and biometric evidence, under public prosecution supervision into the four murders for which no suspects were identified.
Lebanon researcher at HRW Aya Majzoub stated, “The unsolved murders and shoddy homicide investigations are a reminder of the dangerous weakness of Lebanon’s rule of law in the face of unaccountable elites and armed groups.”
A captain of a yacht, identified by the initials A.S., was killed on December 20th, 2020, the day before Joe Bejjani, and believed to have had information about what happened at the port during the Beirut Blast.
It’s worth noting, in context, that Colonel Joseph Skaf, a retired customs officer, who had first warned about the ammonium nitrate at the Beirut Port and its risk to public safety, was also found murdered in his house in 2017. His family is still awaiting justice.
HRW is now stressing that “the Lebanese authorities should ensure that their murder investigations should be independent and ensure that those responsible are held to account.”