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Najib Mikati: “the government does not want to interfere in any judicial file”


AA / Beirut

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Saturday that “the government does not wish to interfere in any judicial file”.

These remarks by Mikati were made at the end of his meeting with the Minister of Justice Henri Khoury, the President of the Superior Council of the Judiciary, Souhail Abboud, and the Attorney General, Ghassan Oweidat, according to a statement from his office of media.

Mikati also stressed that “the judicial authority must take all the measures it deems appropriate”.

Last week, Najib Mikati’s government meeting was postponed after ministers affiliated with the Amal movement and Hezbollah refused to attend, unless he intervened to remove judicial investigator Judge Tarek Bitar. , the case of the explosion of the port of Beirut ,.

On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion in the port of the Lebanese capital left 217 people and around 7,000 injured, as well as significant material damage to residential and commercial buildings, due to the presence of around 2,750 tons ammonium nitrate, which has been confiscated from a ship and stored at the site, since 2014.

The meeting also addressed the events that took place in the Tayouneh district, west of Beirut, and concluded “on the need to speed up the ongoing investigations, to find out all the circumstances of what happened. past and bring the perpetrators before the competent justice “, according to the same press release.

The Lebanese Prime Minister underlined that “the complete file of what happened is in the custody of the security services, and the supervision of the competent justice”.

Armed clashes, which left 7 dead and more than 30 wounded, most of whom are sympathizers of Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, took place on Thursday in the district of Tayouneh, located between the area of ​​Chiyah, mainly Shiite , and Ain El Remmaneh – Badaro, predominantly Christian.

Hezbollah and the Amal Movement accused “armed groups” affiliated with the “Lebanese Forces” party, led by Samir Geagea, of killing and injuring their supporters during the demonstration, which the latter denied and called them ” false “accusations.

* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.

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