Beirut: Lebanese Judge Tarek Bitar will on Tuesday resume his investigations into the disastrous Beirut Port blast after the Court of Appeal rejected legal complaints filed against him by former Ministers. The court said it was not qualified to rule on the complaints while it fined each of the former ministers 800,000 Lebanese pounds ($46) for this “frivolous claim” Xinhua news agency reported.Also Read - Beirut Blasts: India Sends Food Supplies, Medicines to Lebanon Capital as Emergency Humantarian Aid
The investigation was suspended for a week after former Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk filed a complaint against Bitar in addition to a similar charge lodged by former Ministers. Also Read - Beirut Blast Impact: NASA Satellite Captures Damage Caused After Beirut Blast From Space
Bitar, leading the probe into the Beirut blasts which killed over 200 people, aims to question the former Ministers on suspicion of negligence. Also Read - Beirut Blasts: Lebonon PM Hassan Diab Announces Resignation of Govt Over Tragic Explosions
The twin explosions on August 4, 2020, also injured at least 6,000 people and left 300,000 others homeless. A big part of the Lebanese capital was destroyed in the disaster.
Earlier, the suspension of the investigation has triggered anger among the kind of victims killed in the blast.
Investigations pointed to the roughly 500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material, left at the port as the cause of the explosions. The blast took place on August 4, 2020.
(With Inputs from IANS)