This is not the first time politicians tried to derail the investigation of this high-profile case.
Machnouk, Zaiter, and former Public Works and Transportation Minister Youssef Fenianos had filed a suit at the end of September, requesting Bitar’s dismissal.
The request paused the investigation for a few days before the Court of Appeals rejected the complaint and filed each politician 800,000 LBP.
Parliament also sent out a letter to Bitar at the end of August stating that issuing subpoenas for Diab was outside of his jurisdiction.
Former investigative Judge Fadi Sawan was dismissed by similar tactics at the end of last year; dealing a hard blow to the investigation as well as to the hope for the truth, which is all now on the shoulders of Judge Bitar.
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