27/01/2023

Families of victims of Beirut port explosion protest in front of Palace of Justice in #Lebanon

BEIRUT — On Wednesday, the Public Prosecutor in Lebanon, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, issued a decision to release those arrested suspected of involvement in the Beirut port explosion pending the completion of the official investigation. He ordered them to remain in Lebanon and place themselves at the disposal of the Judicial Council.

The following day, Thursday, the families of the victims of the explosion, alongside a number of supportive members of parliament, organized a protest in front of the Palace of Justice in Beirut after the Attorney General decided to release all those arrested pending investigation into the incident.

The demonstrators raised the Lebanese flag, blackened with pictures of the victims of the explosion as an expression of mourning, both for the victims and for the injustice being done to their memories by the judiciary, as they put it.

Former head of the Bar Association, MP Melhem Khalaf, said in a statement that “a judicial catastrophe befell Lebanon and befell the judiciary”, adding that the decision to release those involved in the explosion a prime example of the necessity of restoring independence to state institutions.

He stated that they will meet with the Minister of Justice in the caretaker government, Henri Khoury, to inform the Lebanese people of the status of the investigation as they have been left in the dark for years.