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Lebanon

Lebanese urge end to ‘campaign’ against Beirut blast judge (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

Rights groups, lawyers, and journalists condemned authorities for obstructing the Beirut blast probe by “undermining facts”, accusing officials on Tuesday of leaking misinformation and intervening in the justice system.

Many political leaders in Lebanon have accused the lead investigating judge, Tarek Bitar, of not being impartial as he continues to charge and pursue senior officials and legislators for the enormous explosion that killed more than 200 people in August.

Lebanese urge end to ‘campaign’ against Beirut blast judge | Beirut explosion News | Al Jazeera

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Lebanon

Lebanon charges 68 in relation to shooting at Hezbollah protest (Al Monitor)

A Lebanese military court charged 68 people today in relation to the recent shooting at a Hezbollah-organized protest.

Judge Fadi Akiki charged the individuals with murder, attempted murder, inciting sectarian divisions and possessing unlicensed weapons of war. A total of 18 have already been arrested, the official National News Agency reported.

Lebanon charges 68 in relation to shooting at Hezbollah protest – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Lebanon

Lebanon uprising protesters anxiously await military court trials (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

The anti-government uprising that swept across Lebanon two years ago might be a distant memory to many in the country, now struggling with compounding economic crises that have paralysed much of public life, but that is not the case for the dozens of protesters who are currently awaiting trial at military courts.

More than 200 people – including six minors – who were detained and released during the protests were summoned many months later to the military justice system, accused of engaging in acts of violence against security forces, according to the watchdog Legal Agenda. Most of them have yet to be tried.

Lebanon uprising protesters anxiously await military court trials | News | Al Jazeera

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Lebanon

Lebanon’s President Aoun rejects draft electoral law (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

President Michel Aoun has sent a draft law to hold parliamentary elections ahead of time on 27 March instead of May back to parliament for reconsideration.

The president’s office said on Friday that holding elections almost two months ahead of schedule would pose logistical issues, shorten the timeframe for Lebanese expats to register, and prevent young people who would reach the voting age of 21 by May 8 from taking part.

Lebanon’s President Aoun rejects draft electoral law | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Iran Lebanon

Iran’s fuel shipment to Lebanon requires regional policy shift (Lina Khatib, Chatham House)

In September 2021, at the height of the unprecedented fuel shortage in Lebanon, a tanker carrying Iranian fuel docked at a Syrian port where the fuel was loaded onto trucks and driven through an illegal border crossing into Lebanon. The fuel shipment was brokered by Iran-backed Hezbollah to help alleviate Lebanon’s energy crisis that has been brought on by the country’s ongoing economic crisis. The newly formed Lebanese government made no comment about the shipment while Hezbollah hailed the arrival of the fuel a ‘victory’ and as having ‘broken the American siege’ on Lebanon. Despite it being in violation of US sanctions on trade with Iran, the US ignored the scenario altogether.

Iran’s fuel shipment to Lebanon requires regional policy shift | Chatham House – International Affairs Think Tank

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Lebanon

Beirut blast judge summons ex-ministers as pressure mounts (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

The lead investigator of the Beirut Port blast probe summoned two charged ex-ministers again as Lebanese leaders continue to mount pressure on him.

Judge Tarek Bitar on Tuesday scheduled interrogations with former ministers Nouhad Machnouk and Ghazi Zeiter on October 29. Both are currently sitting members of parliament.

Beirut blast judge summons ex-ministers as pressure mounts | Beirut explosion News | Al Jazeera

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Lebanon

Hezbollah accuses Lebanese Forces of killing its supporters (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

Hezbollah’s leader has accused the Lebanese Forces party of shooting at their supporters and killing seven people last Thursday near a protest against the judge investigating the Beirut Port explosion.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address on Monday that the Christian party and its leader Samir Geagea are trying to start conflict in the country.

Hezbollah accuses Lebanese Forces of killing its supporters | Hezbollah News | Al Jazeera

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Lebanon

Lebanon: Army to investigate soldier who appeared in video shooting protesters (Middle East Eye)

The Lebanese army has announced that one of its members is under investigation after appearing in a widely shared CCTV video shooting at protesters during the deadly clashes that shook the capital Beirut on Thursday.

“Videos have spread on social media showing a soldier firing at protesters during the clashes that erupted two days ago in the Tayouneh area,” the Lebanese army said in a Twitter statement Saturday evening. “It is important for the army leadership to clarify that the shooter is under investigation under the supervision of the competent judiciary,” it added.

Lebanon: Army to investigate soldier who appeared in video shooting protesters | Middle East Eye

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Lebanon

How Judge Bitar’s probe shook Lebanon leaders (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

When the Lebanese government announced more than a year ago that the probe into the devastating explosion in Beirut’s port would be conducted domestically, few expected that senior officials would be charged.

But even fewer expected that the lead investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar, could rattle the country’s entrenched leadership, which for decades has reigned with impunity and routinely quashed legal investigations that may hold it accountable.

Analysis: How Judge Bitar’s probe shook Lebanon leaders | News | Al Jazeera

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