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Lebanon’s local port blast investigation will stall

Wednesday, March 8, 2023


However, the HRC stopped short of establishing an international probe -- a key demand of Lebanese protesters who complain the local process is stalled. They reject in particular the end-January decision of Lebanon’s top public prosecutor, Ghassan Oueidat, to release all suspects detained so far and to file charges against Judge Tarek Bitar, who has been leading the investigation.


  • The local balance of power is unlikely to change before upcoming parliamentary elections in 2026.
  • Western donors might add a transparent investigation of the port explosion to their list of reforms required to trigger loans and aid.
  • Any UN probe would likely produce incriminating evidence that would embarrass and further isolate the Lebanese political establishment.

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