Hezbollah threatens to remove Beirut blast judge

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A senior official in the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah told the judge investigating the disastrous Beirut port blast that it would remove him from the investigation, according to a journalist who says she conveyed the message and a judicial source. Judge Tarek Bitar described the message in a letter to the public prosecutor, said the judicial source. The justice minister and judiciary were following up on the matter but a formal investigation has yet to be opened, the source said. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because it was a judicial matter and judge Bitar’s letter was ma…

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