Hezbollah Allegedly Threatens Judge Investigating Beirut Blast

An anonymous source said that Hezbollah has frightened the Lebanese judge who is probing the Beirut port blast through a verbal message. 

The source told CNN that Hezbollah official Wafiq Safa threatened Judge Tarek Bitar through a trusted anonymous mediator who disseminated the message and mentioned Safa’s name.

The message said: “We’ve had it up to our noses with you. We will stay with you until the end of this legal path, but if it doesn’t work out, we will usurp you.” The threat to ‘usurp’ Bitar was vague, but alarmingly implied that the judge could be physically harmed.

Bitar confirmed the contents of the message and responded to the threat by saying he is not fazed by how the group will remove him. 

Lebanon Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi was accused of knowing about the Hezbollah threat, but he denied this by saying that the authorities and the judge are doing their respective obligations.

Hezbollah, whose alliances consist of elected parliament members, had previous instances of intimidating other political officials. The group has yet to issue a public statement regarding the matter.

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