New Judge Named to Lead Probe into Beirut Port Blast


Lebanon’s top judicial body on Friday named a new judge to lead the investigation into last year’s massive explosion at Beirut’s port, the National News Agency said, a day after his predecessor was removed following legal challenges by former ministers he had accused of negligence that led to the blast.

The Higher Judicial Council named Judge Tarek al-Bitar as the new prosecutor after he was proposed for the post by caretaker Minister of Justice Marie-Claude Najem, NNA said.