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Meet judge Tarek Bitar, rattling Lebanon's political class in Beirut blast probe

The leading investigative judge into the Aug. 4 Beirut port blast has come back after a 13-month stall, rattling the political and judicial establishment.
Tarek Bitar

BEIRUT — Judge Tarek Bitar burst back onto the Lebanese political scene this week when he resumed his probe into the 2020 Beirut port explosion — ending a 13-month hiatus and bringing on new political challenges. 

The families of the port blast view Bitar as their last hope to uncover the truth in the explosion that killed over 200 people, ravaged Beirut, but with no yet being held accountable. Part of the political class, particularly those affiliated with the militant group Hezbollah and its ally Amal, turned against Bitar as he brought charges against high-ranking politicians and security officials at the top of the power echelon in Lebanon. 

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