He told the families that the accusations of selectivity in his investigation were baseless and unfounded.
In addition to the legal actions attempted against him, Amal and Hezbollah undertook a protest on October 14th to demand his removal from the investigation. That protest escalated from its start into heavy gunfire in what is now referred to as the Tayyouneh Clashes.
Hezbollah had threatened Judge Tarek Bitar, warning him if the legal path doesn’t work to remove him from the investigation, they will use remove him by other means.
Former Prime Minister Hassan Diab and former ministers Machnouk, Ali Hassan Khalil, and Ghazi Zeaiter used similar legal strategies to evade prosecution.