SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 18 October 2021, Monday |

Is Safa’s visit to the Palace of Justice a threat letter to Judge Bitar?

Wafiq Safa, the head of Hezbollah’s Liaison and Coordination Unit, visited Judge Suhail Abboud, the head of the Supreme Judicial Council, and several other judges, including those in the Public Prosecution Office of the Discriminatory Public Prosecution, who are in charge of hearing cases filed against politicians and security officials in the Port Blast case.  It is not a regular visit from Safa, a Hezbollah security officer, and hence it is not a visit with political or legal implications, but rather with security aspects. Hezbollah’s handling of the investigations case in the port, including Judge Fadi Sawan and Judge Al-Bitar, cannot be separated from this visit.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, did not provide Bitar with any information during any of his public appearances, criticizing the investigation’s course, which he considered politicized and unfair, to the point where Bitar had to choose whether he had to change the investigation’s course or not.

Let us also recall MP Hassan Fadlallah’s address in Parliament, in which he accused the judiciary of being possessed and submissive.

But why did the party want to transmit the message directly and through a high-ranking security official? Is this to say that threats and warnings can lead to action? Why is there such a strong campaign against Hezbollah investigations? Because Judge Bitar’s allegations have targeted party allies and security figures who rely on it for the next stage, and because Judge Bitar, according to reports, will not withdraw all of these lawsuits and will pursue them until all defendants are apprehended, which means he could hit everything the party planned.