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Beirut blast investigative judge Bitar says won't step down from probe

The investigating judge in charge of the Beirut port blast probe, Tarek Bitar. (Credit: NNA)

The judge leading the investigation into Beirut's deadly 2020 port blast told AFP Wednesday will not step down, rejecting charges brought against him by the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Cassation.

"I am still the investigative judge and I will not step down from this case," Tarek Bitar said, adding that Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat "has no authority to charge me."


The judge leading the investigation into Beirut's deadly 2020 port blast told AFP Wednesday will not step down, rejecting charges brought against him by the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Cassation.

"I am still the investigative judge and I will not step down from this case," Tarek Bitar said, adding that Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat "has no...