The Lebanese National Bloc Party released the following statement:
Today, all masks have fallen in a clear evidence on how the Establishment is trying to cover up what cannot be hidden: Its collective responsibility for a crime that killed 215 people, wounded more than 6,000 and displaced 300,000. A crime that destroyed a capital and violated the dignity of an entire people.
On the one hand, the Higher Defense Council, led by the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, is blatantly hiding behind unrealistic administrative measures in order to evade their responsibility for lifting the immunity of the Director-General of “State Security” Antoine Saliba.
On the other hand, the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Mohamed Fahmy, and the Cassation Public Prosecutor are holding each other responsible for lifting the immunity of the General Security chief, Abbas Ibrahim.
Even more scandalous was the Parliament’s attempt, through the parliamentary petition, to transfer the Beirut port crime case from the Judicial Council to the Higher Council for the Trial of Presidents and Ministers, in a clear bid to circumvent the decisions of the Judicial Investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar.
But the attempts of these mafias and militias to conceal their criminality, by hiding behind tenuous immunities that are legally and ethically invalid, are not going to succeed.
Today, the equation is very simple: The regime will not accept to prosecute itself; this compels us to confront it with all legal, political, media, and popular means to break it and achieve justice... The withdrawal of some MPs from the parliamentary petition is only the beginning of its breakdown, and justice will surely be served.