The Burj Hammoud Landfill, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
A previous version of this article misidentified Mark Habka. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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As a case aiming to shut down the controversial Burj Hammoud landfill draws to a close, plaintiffs worry legal considerations may be trumped by practical and political aims keeping the dump open indefinitely. Judge Ralph Kirkbi is expected to issue his verdict in early December, but if the landfill is indeed closed, where will the trash go? Throughout the trial, filed at Metn's Court of Urgent Matters, the plaintiffs have implored the judge to close the landfill until a verdict is announced.Habka disagrees, saying that under Khoury Contracting's management, the landfill meets international standards.In most cases, a verdict in this court is delivered in a matter of days or weeks.Eventually, the second and third lawsuits sent to judges in Beirut and Metn's Jdeideh were later consolidated in Kirkbi's court, further delaying the case.Should Kirkbi decide to keep the landfill open, Khalaf insisted the plaintiffs would appeal.Habka also expected to see the plaintiffs appeal should the verdict be ruled in his client's favor.
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