A controversial move made headlines earlier this week as Lebanese MPs attempted to gather as many signatures from their peers to request the formation of an investigative committee in parallel to that of Judge Tarek Bitar’s to investigate the Beirut Blast.
He took over from Judge Fadi Sawan who was removed after intense pressure from politicians, namely those he had summoned for questioning.
The recent attempt by dozens of MPs fell apart due to the lack of sufficient signatures. Some MPs refused to interfere with the course of justice and others began retracting their names from the petition when it was exposed to the public.
From the 50 or so parliamentarians who were involved in the petition, 24 MPs remain.