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Lebanese Parliament Session Aimed At Deterring Beirut Port Probe Postponed After Protests

Lebanese Parliament Immunities Session Postponed Amid Protests

The Lebanese Parliament session to discuss the immunity of MPs targeted by judicial investigator Judge Tarek Bitar in relation to the Beirut Port Explosion has been postponed.

The session was supposed to take place on Thursday morning, but it was postponed after failure to constitute a quorum.

A total of 39 MPs showed up for the session, dubbed “The Session of Shame” by families of Beirut blast victims, after multiple MPs and parliamentary blocs announced that they were boycotting it.

The session was to look into the petition by some MPs to have Judge Bitar submit evidence linked to his request to have the immunity of some MPs lifted.

The families have repeatedly slammed what they’ve called “an attempt to obscure the truth and help the suspects escape from punishment,” expressing trust in Judge Bitar and his investigative process.

They had planned to spend the night of Wednesday-Thursday on the street in preparation for blocking the roads leading to the legislature’s meeting point, the UNESCO Palace.

Their efforts to obstruct a quorum started after sunrise when they, with help from people who joined them, protested outside the palace, repeating their months-old call for justice and accountability for the August 4 explosion.

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Lebanese Parliament Session Aimed At Deterring Beirut Port Probe Postponed After Protests

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