Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 25, 2023

Judge Tarek Bitar is charged with Beirut blast by Lebanon's chief prosecutor.

Judge Tarek Bitar is charged with Beirut blast by Lebanon's chief prosecutor.

According to reports quoting judicial sources, Lebanon's top prosecutor has filed charges against the judge overseeing the investigation into the tragic blast at Beirut's port in 2020 and has mandated the release of all suspects held in connection with the case.

The decision made by Ghassan Oweidat on Wednesday highlighted growing resistance by Lebanon's ruling class to Judge Tarek Bitar's attempts to reopen his investigation into the horrific explosion that left some 220 people dead, many injured, and significant portions of the Lebanese capital in ruins.

The accusations leveled against Bitar were not immediately clear. According to reports, the judge and the freed prisoners both had travel restrictions.

Oweidat had called Bitar to the Justice Palace in Beirut at 08:00 GMT on Thursday, according to Zeina Khodr, reporting from Beirut. In an effort to identify a judge to replace Bitar, the Supreme Judicial Council is also scheduled to meet at 11:00 GMT, although Khodr said that it is yet unknown whether a quorum would be present to start the process.

The legal dispute started on Monday when Bitar abruptly restarted his investigation following a 13-month hiatus brought on by political opposition to his attempts to question key officials.

According to sources, Bitar reportedly brought accusations against senior current and former officials, including Oweidat, without providing further details.

Despite growing opposition, the judge declared on Wednesday that he would continue his probe. Oweidat "had no right" to bring the charge or release the detainees, he claimed, adding that he would "continue until I issue an indictment."

Bitar claimed on Thursday that any attempt by the security services to release the accused would amount to a "coup against the law" in an interview with the Lebanese television station Al Jadeed.

Judge Tarek Bitar is charged with Beirut blast by Lebanon's chief prosecutor.
Judge Tarek Bitar is charged with Beirut blast by Lebanon's chief prosecutor.
Judge Tarek Bitar is charged with Beirut blast by Lebanon's chief prosecutor.
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 31, 2023

Bahraini prisoners suffer long-lasting "wounds" as a result of torture

According to a recent investigation, torture and other alleged breaches they allegedly faced during their arrest, questioning, and detention are

Bahraini prisoners suffer long-lasting "wounds" as a result of torture
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 30, 2023

The 150-day march of Gandhi is over. Will it, however, reinvigorate Congress?

On the final day of his over 150-day cross-country "unity" march, hundreds of people defied the bitter Himalayan cold to gather in Srinagar, the

The 150-day march of Gandhi is over. Will it, however, reinvigorate Congress?
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 30, 2023

NATO commander calls on South Korea to increase military aid to Ukraine

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of NATO, has asked South Korea to step up its military aid to Ukraine, citing other nations that have

NATO commander calls on South Korea to increase military aid to Ukraine
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 30, 2023

More Russian military have moved into the Ukraine border region: Governor

According to the regional governor, Russia has sent more troops and equipment to its western Kursk region along the Ukrainian border. Roman

More Russian military have moved into the Ukraine border region: Governor
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 30, 2023

Finland declares it will support Sweden's NATO application.

According to Finland's foreign minister, despite a potential Turkish stumbling block on Sweden's NATO application, both countries still intend to

Finland declares it will support Sweden's NATO application.
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 30, 2023

Death toll from Peshawar mosque explosion rises to 32

A suspected suicide explosion targeting police officers at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has left over 30 people dead and 150 others

Death toll from Peshawar mosque explosion rises to 32
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 28, 2023

India's Adani Group loses $48 billion in stocks due to allegations of fraud.

After a US investment firm said that Gautam Adani, the richest man in Asia, had engaged in "brazen" corporate fraud, shares of his business empire

India's Adani Group loses $48 billion in stocks due to allegations of fraud.
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 28, 2023

India forbids the BBC's Modi film, "Ghosts of Gujarat"

The 2002 Gujarat riots are the subject of a BBC documentary that sparks a media frenzy in India. Additionally, the labor movement vs. the UK

India forbids the BBC's Modi film, "Ghosts of Gujarat"
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 28, 2023

At a memorial for death camps, Russian "megalomania" in the Ukraine war is mentioned.

A recent massacre in Ukraine by Russian soldiers has been linked by the head of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp memorial to similar misery endured

At a memorial for death camps, Russian "megalomania" in the Ukraine war is mentioned.
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 28, 2023

High-stakes presidential primaries are held by the Maldives' ruling party.

In a primary that will be held by the Maldives' ruling party, current President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will face off against Mohamed Nasheed, a

High-stakes presidential primaries are held by the Maldives' ruling party.
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 28, 2023

Afghan artist who is currently a refugee discusses the predicament of women

Thousands of Afghans left the country when the Taliban took back control in August 2021 out of concern for restrictions on their freedoms. One of

Afghan artist who is currently a refugee discusses the predicament of women
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 27, 2023

Egypt's "oldest and most complete" mummy

Near Cairo, Egypt's capital, archaeologists unearthed a Pharaonic tomb with what may be the oldest and "most complete" mummy ever found

Egypt's "oldest and most complete" mummy
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 27, 2023

UN denounces M23 rebel assault on DRC town as hundreds of people escape

The M23 rebel onslaught in the east of the country, which prompted 450 people, including women and children, to flee to the area near the UN

UN denounces M23 rebel assault on DRC town as hundreds of people escape
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 27, 2023

Sayfullo Saipov, who murdered people on a bike path in New York City, was found guilty of the crime.

An Islamic terrorist who purposely sped a truck down a bike lane in New York City in 2017 and murdered eight people has been found guilty of

Sayfullo Saipov, who murdered people on a bike path in New York City, was found guilty of the crime.
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 27, 2023

US sanctions Wagner Group's financial support from a Chinese company

For allegedly providing satellite footage of Ukraine to support the mercenary Wagner Group's military operations for Russia, the US has sanctioned a

US sanctions Wagner Group's financial support from a Chinese company
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 26, 2023

Elections in two provinces will take place in April, according to a Pakistani poll panel.

Final election dates for two provinces whose assemblies were dissolved earlier this month as part of former prime minister Imran Khan's effort to

Elections in two provinces will take place in April, according to a Pakistani poll panel.
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 26, 2023

After securing combat tanks, Ukraine wakes up to devastating attacks

During the wave of missile and drone attacks that Russia launched against Ukraine, at least one person was reported dead in Kyiv. A day after

After securing combat tanks, Ukraine wakes up to devastating attacks
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 26, 2023

Overview of the Middle East: Turkey, Sweden, NATO, and the Quran

NATO negotiations between Sweden and Turkey are broken off, the chief prosecutor of Lebanon and the judge who is trying to indict him square off,

Overview of the Middle East: Turkey, Sweden, NATO, and the Quran
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 26, 2023

"Killing spree" in Iran as the authorities crack down on opposition

Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian national and former deputy defense minister, was executed by Iran recently on suspicion of spying for the United

"Killing spree" in Iran as the authorities crack down on opposition
Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 26, 2023

The Bank of Canada raises rates, becoming the first large bank to do so.

The Bank of Canada became the first significant central bank fighting global inflation to declare it would probably delay future rises for the time

The Bank of Canada raises rates, becoming the first large bank to do so.