The investigation into the explosion at the port of Beirut, which took place about a year ago in the Lebanese capital in which 207 people were killed and thousands injured, was suspended today (Monday) due to a lawsuit filed by a former minister suspected in the case against the investigating judge, Tarek Bitar. The former minister claimed that Bitter was not objective in the way he investigated the case and demanded that the investigation be stopped immediately.
Last week, the news site CNN reported that the terrorist organization Hezbollah had threatened Bitar. According to the source, who told the details to the American website, and Pick Spa – a senior member of the organization, conveyed the threat through a contact that the judge knew and trusted. The message conveyed to the judge was very clear: “You have come this far. If that does not work, we will take the job from you.”
In 2019, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Spa, and he was accused of “exploiting Lebanese ports and border crossings to smuggle goods on behalf of Hezbollah.” The name of Spa and other members of the organization did not come up as part of the blast investigation.