On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion erupted at the Port of Beirut, destroying it, wreaking havoc in the Lebanese capital, killing more than 230 people, and changing the lives of thousands of other victims.
A year later, there has yet to be justice or accountability for the catastrophic event, despite the many promises made to the people throughout the past 12 months.
The troubled journey of the investigation into the Beirut Explosion became a case in itself, turning complex with notable and interwoven events, meetings, names, and resistance from ruling politicians.
Hence, the must of a timeline of the sequence of events since the beginning of the investigation to date, as we mark the first anniversary of the Beirut Blast that remains without justice.
Lebanese government announces the launch of a 5-day probe into the Beirut Port Explosion
Judge Tarerk Bitar seeks the prosecution of senior politicians and security officials and requests the lifting of pertinent immunities
Former Minister Ali Hassan Khalil and Ghazi Zaiter express willingness to appear before Judge Tarek Bitar for questioning
A report indicates that Judge Tarek Bitar is aiming to deliver his findings regarding the Beirut explosion by October
A report reveals that Judge Fadi Sawwan has allegedly received threats of bodily harm
Caretaker Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi refuses to grant permission to lift the immunity of General Security Director-General Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, contradicting a previous pledge to grant the required permission
Lebanese Parliament delays the decision to lift the immunities of the former ministers targeted by Judge Tarek Bitar for questioning
The families of blast victims storm the residence of caretaker Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi in their latest call for justice
Caretaker Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi asserts that he will not back out of his decision regarding teh immunity of General Security Chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim.
A report reveals that more than 50 MPs have signed a request to launch a parallel investigation to that of Judge Tarek Bitar into the Beirut explosion. Some MPs withdraw their signatures later on under intense pressure of the public opinion