After his meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Walid Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, indicated that “I came to offer my condolences after the killing of innocent citizens in Tayouneh. Numerous tens of thousands, and only one martyr died in Choueifat.
He stressed in a statement, “We are adjudicating the judiciary over what happened in Tayouneh, and I leave the matter of the investigation to the competent courts, and we must not pre-empt the investigation, but it is the basis for everything, and that there should be a transparent investigation of the crime that occurred against the demonstrators.” He stressed, “We have to follow up with Berri the issue of reforms and the issues for which the government was formed, and the government’s work should not be disrupted or disrupted because of the port’s investigations, and this is the main issue for which I came.”
Jumblatt explained, “We will study how to find a unified approach in the matter of investigations into the port explosion, bearing in mind that we called from the beginning for an international investigation committee, and the investigation must take its course, but today the international investigation is difficult, as the local investigation cannot issue an arrest warrant against anyone if It was not reported. There are important procedural matters, and at the same time this is due to the democratic meeting with the Development and Liberation bloc regarding the study of previous investigations. There have been previous arrests of deputies and non-deputies by the constitutional body formed in the Parliament. We must respect what we pledged and what we signed on.” Regarding the establishment of a judicial indictment, he stressed that “if the matter takes us out of this cycle, why not?”
He pointed out that “we agreed with Berri that things should be very transparent, and not to enter into an escalation because it does not help, and some international and perhaps Arab parties want it. Lebanon that the general equation may change, it will not change, and if there is a need to change, it will change only through dialogue and not through arms.”
And whether he supports the resignation or removal of Judge Bitar? Jumblatt emphasized, “I am not here to interfere in the affairs of the judiciary, the affairs of the judiciary have its appropriate method,” and about his talk about a procedural defect in the judicial investigation and the summons? He pointed out that “this means that the treatment of this procedural defect must be completed with a judicial procedural remedy.”