During the joint meeting, a decision was taken to review the issue within the next 15 days, rather than take any decision immediately.
The head of the Administration and Justice Committee, Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan, said, “We were the only ones who objected to the postponement of the issue of lifting immunity, we wanted to make a decision today.”
Giving a statement to the press about the decision, Deputy Parliament Speaker Elie Ferzli said that evidence against the accused needs to be provided to validate suspicions in order for the immunities to be lifted.
This puts the investigation in a vicious circle since the reason Judge Bitar asked for immunities to be lifted was to gather more evidence in the investigation.
It is worth noting that Khalil, Zeaiter, and Machnouk have expressed readiness to appear before the judge.