Excavators work at the Costa Brava landfill, south of Beirut, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (The Daily Star/ Hasan Shaaban)
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As public debate rages over two landfills near Beirut, the controversy is also being litigated in Lebanon's courts.The final hearing in the 2017 lawsuit filed by Kataeb against the Council for Development and Reconstruction for its handling of the Burj Hammoud landfill was held Thursday. Concerning the Burj Hammoud landfill, litigation has gone on for about a year under the jurisdiction of Judge Ralph Kirkbi at the Metn Court of Urgent Matters. Kirkbi is expected to issue a verdict Nov. 11 . Speaking with The Daily Star, Lara Saade, head of Kataeb's public policy, called the question a farce, noting that the government is responsible for providing a long-term solution to the country's waste-management crisis.As part of his concluding arguments, Samir Khalaf, the lawyer representing Kataeb in the case, expressed how important a ruling in favor of closing Burj Hammoud was for the future of Lebanon.Farther south, Judge Rola Chamoun of the Aley Court of Urgent Matters listened to the findings pursuant to her request for an independent investigation into the state of the Costa Brava landfill.
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