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Lebanese Judiciary Warns Against Inference In Blast Investigations

Lebanese Judiciary Warns Against Inference In Blast Investigations

Sunday, 18 October, 2020 - 06:00
A general view shows the damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Lebanon's State Prosecutor office issued a statement on Saturday saying that following the blast that hit Beirut's port, investigations began at that time under the supervision Judge Ghassan Oueidat, who had previously issued a statement in August to explain to the public the scientific pattern and approach he adopted in the investigations, including the use of international capabilities in the criminal sciences.

The statement also warned against any interference by any side in the investigations, saying such acts are considered direct interference in the work on the judiciary.

"The Public Prosecutor has already directed, through the embassies of the US, France and Britain, judicial assignments to the aforementioned countries, in addition to other assignments to countries concerned with the case, and he has held many meetings with criminal officials designated by those countries, informing them of his request to conduct the necessary technical investigations, while he continues to be in almost daily contact with them," the statement said.

"This has resulted in receiving some reports from the aforementioned bodies and referring them to the judicial investigator, which entails informing the public opinion that the work of international forensic experts is carried out via the discriminatory public prosecutor and with the essential participation of the judicial investigator," the statement added.

The statement stressed that if any side interferes into the probe process it would constitute interference in the work of the judicial authority, and further pointed to fears of distorting the proper judicial course of action and rendering the international cooperation with the judicial authority.

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