Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Tuesday stressed the party’s adherence to the principle of accountability and equality before the law, refusing all methods adopted by Hezbollah and the Amal Movement to obstruct the investigation into the Beirut port blast.
“The Lebanese do remember that Hezbollah was clear in terms of its threat to use all its capabilities to disrupt the investigation and to “oppress” the judicial investigator. Thus, all the obstructions and events we are witnessing today, including the Tayouneh case, must be placed in this context,” read a statement issued by Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel.
“No party has the right to obstruct the investigations into any case by force. So how come obstructing the crime of the century through political and security threat,” it said.
“The Kataeb’s stance regarding the necessity of fortifying the independence of the judiciary and not yielding to the security and political blackmail that Lebanon is subjected to is a firm, clear and continuous stance,” it added.
Gemayel stressed that the party has repeatedly asked for the dissolution of the military court, saying that it has submitted a proposal to amend the Military Judiciary Law and limit its powers to the military due to the selectivity with which the military judiciary deals with civilians, its lack of respect for the conditions of prosecution and fair trial, and its targeted summonses and arrests.
The Kataeb leader slammed the direct threats made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and its assistant Wafiq Safa against Judge Tarek Bitar and summoning Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, to the Judiciary, deeming such attempt as a rejected attempt to bury the investigation into the Beirut port explosion.
“Bargaining with any issue, namely the port issue is the same as bargaining with the entire country. The Kataeb party will continue with all its power to face such attempts and settlements at the expense of the sovereignty, justice, freedoms and accountability,” the statement said.
“Preserving the Lebanese state in the face of its legitimate abolition, which passes through the disruption of the investigation with the port blast remains the main issue and is not subject to any concession whatever the reasons or circumstances are.”