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After Hezbollah threatened the Beirut port judge, this is how the families of the victims responded

The investigations into the Beirut port explosion are heading to more complications as a result of the enormous political pressures on the judicial investigator in the case, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, who insists on following up the file until the end and exposing those involved in the destruction of Beirut over the heads of its children on August 4, 2020.

The political forces that the judicial investigator requested to hear from ministers, representatives, and officials affiliated with them, expressed their dismay at the course of the investigations, and this was evident through their public stances during the last period.

Hezbollah is disturbed

But it seems that Hezbollah is most disturbed by the course of the investigations, and its Secretary-General, Hassan Nasrallah, has previously expressed frankly his suspicion of what the judge is doing Tariq Bitar in more than one view, considering that “he is engaged in politics and the investigation is politicized, and what is required is to return the file to the normal course.” He continued with the path he followed, assuring the families of the victims that they would face any legal action against the judge with a corresponding procedure according to the rules.

The investigation continues

After news spread in Lebanon yesterday about a threatening message addressed to the judge, well-informed sources confirmed to Al-Arabiya.net that the official of the Liaison and Coordination Unit in Hezbollah, Wafiq Safa, had indeed contacted the judicial investigator and informed him that what he was doing It is not acceptable. Either change the course of the investigations, which in his opinion do not comply with legal principles, or else the file will be withdrawn from it.”

The investigator’s response was in the affirmative I decided to follow up the investigations until reaching the truth about who blew up the port of Beirut and who brought the shipment of ammonium nitrate to the port and stored it in hangar No. 12.”

After Hezbollah threatened the Beirut port judge, this is how the families of the victims responded
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (AFP)

Safa’s visit to the Justice Ministry

In addition, according to the sources, Safa’s call was accompanied by a visit he made to the Palace of Justice (the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice) accompanied by the head of a political current who was a minister Previously, he met with a number of judges and informed them that what their colleague Judge Tariq Al-Bitar is doing is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated, and the investigation process as it exists contradicts the laws.”

The investigation file is almost complete

In the context, the informed sources explained that “the investigation file is almost complete with the judicial investigator, and he has formed new details about the explosion of the port, so the area of ​​those who are “disturbed by what he is doing” grows.”

The judicial investigator set a session to interrogate the defendants, the former Prime Minister Hassan Diab, next October 4, the former minister and the current deputy, Ali Hassan Khali. A member of the “Development and Liberation” bloc headed by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Thursday, September 30, and the two former ministers and current MPs Nohad Al-Mashnouq and Ghazi Zuaiter (from the “Development and Liberation” bloc) on the first of next October.

من أهالي ضحايا مرفأ بيروت (أرشيفية- فرانس برس)
One of the families of the Beirut port victims (archive – AFP)

According to the information circulated, a number of former ministers, in addition to former Prime Minister Hassan Diab, He is filing a case before the Criminal Court of Cassation against the judicial investigator, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar. who claimed hundreds of deaths in August 2020, lawyer Samih Bushrawi told Al Arabiya.net that the defense attorneys for the victims’ team will act according to the laws and principles if a legitimate suspicious lawsuit is filed against Judge Bitar

as he indicated, “ What the judge does is 100% legal and does not violate the rules followed in criminal trials, and he has gone a long way in the investigation. T.

Bushrawi regretted “the political interference in the investigation process under the heading of “legitimate suspicion,” stressing that the blood of the victims is more valuable than anything, and half of the capital is destroyed.”

من أهالي ضحايا مرفأ بيروت (أرشيفية- فرانس برس) وفيق صفا
Wafiq Safa

US sanctions

In July 2019, the US Treasury imposed sanctions The official of the Liaison and Coordination Unit in Hezbollah, Wafiq Safa, who is assigned by the party the task of coordinating with the Lebanese security forces and the army command, as well as conducting contacts and meetings with foreign diplomats, in addition to missions of a political security nature.

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