Hezbollah chief Nasrallah says investigators biased into blast in Beirut port | World information

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech on Saturday that the investigator into the explosion in the port of Beirut was politically biased.

On Thursday, Beirut celebrated the one-year anniversary of the explosion that razed large parts of the city and killed more than 200 people. A judge, Tarek Bittar, is leading the investigation into what happened.

“I am officially telling the family of the martyrs that this investigator is doing politics, this is a politicized investigation,” said Nasrallah.

He added that he did not request the immediate removal of Bitar, but requested that it work to a single standard and publish the results of a technical investigation.

Nasrallah also criticized people he did not name for blaming Hezbollah for the presence of the ammonium nitrate that caused the explosion.

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“Where is your evidence of this ugly, hideous charge? There aren’t any, ”he said.

(Reporting by Laila Bassam; writing by Nafisa Eltahir; editing by Barbara Lewis and Daniel Wallis)

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