A Lebanese media outlet quoted sources in “Hezbollah” and the “Amal” movement warning that “Judge Tariq Bitar is heading to accuse Hezbollah of the crime of bombing the port, and the party cannot bear the consequences of a crime it did not commit.”
And the sources added, “What is required is to stop Al-Bitar from investigating, otherwise the Shiite duo and the “Marada” will suspend their participation in today’s session of the Council of Ministers, provided that there will be other steps up to suspending their participation in the government.” The sources of President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Najib Mikati also revealed that a solution paper is being worked on.
In light of Hezbollah’s threats to the investigative judge in the Beirut port explosion, the Lebanese government session was later postponed.
And the media outlet revealed that contacts have been underway since yesterday to find a way out of the division in the cabinet between the Shiite duo and “Marada” with the President of the Republic’s team, after the Shiite and “Marada” duo requested the hand of the judicial investigator in the case of the Beirut port incident, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar.
He confirmed the information that if a solution is not reached, the cabinet session could be postponed today, otherwise the Shiite and “Marada” duo will not attend.
The sources of the Shiite duo stressed that the appointment of Judge Bitar came by decree, and he could also stop his hand by decree, although the optimal formula is to decide the matter in the Supreme Judicial Council.
The investigations were temporarily suspended in the Beirut port explosion case after the investigative judge was notified of a lawsuit requesting his response from former Minister Ali Hassan Khalil and MP Ghazi Zuaiter.
The agency stated that the judicial investigator in the port explosion case, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, held a session this morning, which was devoted to the questioning of former Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, who did not attend in person.
During the session, Khalil’s lawyer requested a time limit to submit formal pleas and submit documents, but the judicial investigator rejected these requests and issued an arrest warrant in absentia against Khalil.
And the agency stated that “after the end of the session, Judge Bitar was informed of the new response lawsuit submitted against him by Khalil’s agents and MP Ghazi Zuaiter, which necessitated the suspension of the investigation and the suspension of all sessions.”
And local media added that “Judge Tariq Al-Bitar was informed of the request of Representative Ali Hassan Khalil and MP Ghazi Zuaiter for his response from the August 4 bombing file, which was referred to Judge Naji Eid, and therefore he stopped his hand from the file automatically and temporarily.”
Earlier, information indicated that “the judicial investigator, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, refused to be informed of the response suit submitted by Khalil and Zuaiter, which was referred to Judge Naji Eid.”
This came before the investigative judge in the Beirut Port explosion last year issued an arrest warrant today, Tuesday, against former Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, after he did not appear for questioning, according to what a judicial source and local media said.