The Lebanese National Bloc Party released the following statement:
The Beirut Appeals Court has rejected requests to dismiss Judge Tarek Bitar from the Beirut Port blast investigation, which were submitted by former ministers charged in the investigation.
Once again, Lebanese judges scored a victory over the establishment when justice and the rule of law won. Once again, the judicial body triumphed over political interference and threats, sometimes with the intimidation of weapons, and some other time in the Palace of Justice itself.
Once again, in pursuit of justice and accountability judges went out victorious, and recognized the victims' rights to uncover the truth and ensure that those responsible for the largest mass crime in Lebanon’s history be held to account swiftly.
This comes after the First Chamber of the Civil Court of Cassation in Lebanon rejected the latest complaint filed against the investigating judge in the Beirut port explosion, Judge Tarek Bitar, allowing him to resume work on the investigation.
Knowing the truth about the Beirut Port massive bombing is not only the right of the families of the victims, the injured, the homeless, and those who lost their livelihood, but it is also a sacred right for a society that has lost a lot since 1975 in favor of a handful of criminals and opportunistic.
This is our fight for justice and equality before the law and our battle to put an end to impunity.