Like former blast investigator Judge Fadi Sawan, Judge Bitar is seeking to prosecute MPs Ali Hassan Khalil, Nouhad Machnouk, and Ghazi Zeaiter, as well as caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and former minister Youssef Fenianos, among others.
However, opening a parallel investigation alongside Judge Bitar’s investigation would move suspects out of his rightful authority and into a “fictitious” court, according to Legal Agenda.
The move is deemed as a way for MPs to help their peers escape justice after Judge Bitar indicted them for their possible involvement in the harrowing August 4 Explosion.
Calling it The List of Shame, Legal Agenda published the alleged confirmed names of MPs involved in the maneuver of freeing the politicians from the grasp of justice, noting that it has extended to over 50 MPs.
Legal Agenda listed the following names:
Development and Liberation Bloc
Tarek El Merhebi
Mohammad Al Hajjar
Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc
Syrian Social Nationalist Party
Salim Saadeh, who later retracted his signature, stating that he supports the lifting of all immunities and refuses to interfere in the judiciary.
Center Bloc (Azm)
Editor’s note: 21/07/2021: Hours after the news become public, some MPs withdrew their names from the motion, according to a judicial source, namely: Samy Fatfat, Nicholas Nahhas, Dima Jamali, and Adnan Traboulsi.