Lebanon’s Bitar wages uphill struggle for justice over port blast

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By Laila Bassam, Timour Azhari and Maya Gebeily BEIRUT (Reuters) – For Lebanese desperate to see accountability over the catastrophic Beirut port explosion, investigator Judge Tarek Bitar symbolizes hope that justice may one day be served in a country where impunity has long been the norm. For some of Lebanon’s top officials, he is a thorn in the side whose unrelenting efforts to prosecute them over the explosion threaten a system designed to shield the ruling elite from scrutiny. Bitar, 49, stunned Lebanon on Monday when he restarted his investigation and issued charges against current and fo…

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