Judge Tarek Bitar was appointed Friday as the new lead investigator of the Beirut blast probe, one day after the previous judge was removed from the case.
The Higher Judicial Council approved Bitar as the next investigator after caretaker Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm proposed his name.
Najm had proposed Judge Samer Younes earlier but his name was quickly rejected by the council for his close ties to President Michel Aoun.
Younes’ name was recommended by the caretaker justice minister back in August, but was also rejected at the time on the same basis.
Judge Fadi Sawwan was removed from the probe Thursday in a move that brought the entire investigation, six months from the blast, back to square one as the new investigator has to re-launch the probe.
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