Aoun Tells Judiciary Not to Fear Immunities, Urges Peaceful Aug. 4 Anniversary


President Michel Aoun on Tuesday called on the judiciary not to “fear immunities and protections” in the port blast case, as he said that the August 4 commemorations should not be “exploited” to “tamper with security and stability.”

“On August 4 last year, the face of Beirut and many hearts were torn apart and innocent lives were lost,” Aoun said in an address to the nation on the eve of the deadly catastrophe’s first anniversary.

He added that the scores of deaths could have been avoided had it not been for “the accumulation of negligence” and the inaction of several officials who “could have taken practical measures to eliminate the danger of the material that led to this disaster.”

“From the depth of my conscience, I tell our beloved capital Beirut that the truth will appear and that every guilty person will be penalized. Beirut, you will rise again,” the President went on to say.

Turning to the issue of investigations, Aoun said he supports “an honest and brave probe” and “fair trials.”

“Yes to a strong judiciary which does not retreat in the face of any influential person, no matter their position,” the President added, noting that the judiciary “should not fear immunities and protections” in order to “fulfill justice and hold those who caused this blast accountable.”

Referring to his recent statement that he is ready to appear before lead investigative judge Tarek al-Bitar, Aoun said that “when the head of the state puts himself at the disposal of the judiciary for his testimony to be heard, there remains no excuse for anyone to grant themselves any immunity or to hide behind any alibi, be it legal or political.”

The President also called for Wednesday’s commemorations to be “responsible,” adding that the anniversary should not be “exploited to tamper with security and stability.”

Comments 19
Thumb ex-fpm 03 August 2021, 20:20

عون: في الرابع من آب تمزق وجه بيروت وتمزقت قلوب كثيرة وفقدت أرواح بريئة ما كان يجب أن تسقط لولا تراكم الإهمال وتضافر مسؤوليات الكثيرين على مر السنين وعلى مختلف المستويات الذين كان بإمكانهم اتخاذ إجراءات عملية لإزالة خطر المواد التي أدت لهذه الكارثة

and he has been president since October 31, 2016!!! He is apparently above accountability because he is the 'Strong' Christian president.

Thumb sevilla 03 August 2021, 20:24

Everyone is corrupt, guilty, incompetent.... except him and his evil party!

Thumb gebran_sons 03 August 2021, 21:52

The day this premeditated criminal is brought to justice along with the criminal HizbIran murderers will sure become Lebanon's second independence holiday.

Thumb warrior 04 August 2021, 04:44

Delusional incompetent arrogant pos!

Thumb justice 03 August 2021, 20:21

Justice can only be achieved when this man is publicly executed.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 03 August 2021, 20:26

Best FPM president, ever!

Thumb SheikYerbouti 03 August 2021, 20:27

Did you guys see this, he looked completely stoned and barely coherent!

Thumb 03 August 2021, 20:40

I don’t have a cable subscription because I’m done watching politicians and their channels. Naharnet is the max I can handle without raising my blood pressure.

Thumb canadianleb 03 August 2021, 20:27

And the sheep are drinking the Kool Aid and loving every word this criminal is saying...

Thumb Puppet 03 August 2021, 20:30

You ask me : "Puppet, do you respect general Aoun who is now president and Imam?"
I Answer : "I sure do"

You Ask me : "Puppet, why do you respect general Aoun who is now president and Imam?"
I Answer: " I dunno, I just do"

Thumb EagleDawn 03 August 2021, 20:32

only 2 people are working for Lebanon as we speak.
General Aoun & Walid Jumblat....the rest pffttttt."

Thumb EagleDawn 03 August 2021, 20:32

"sophia_angle 2 hours ago
Lebanon is rising ...stay tuned! GMA time :)"

Thumb EagleDawn 03 August 2021, 20:32

“فخامة الرئيس يا ريت ورتت بستان جدك وما عملت رئيس جمهورية”
“بتبقى انت الحلم، والحلم ما بيشيخ”
الله يحميك
بي الكل
A fearless man - A real leader - A true statesman

Thumb EagleDawn 03 August 2021, 20:33

"sophia_angle 1 hour ago
stay tuned for the orange tsumani....coming soon near you:)"

Default-user-icon LebanonFirst (Guest) 03 August 2021, 21:03

I am sure this guy is insane. He's the president, and acting as if he's in the opposition. A big liar indeed. He should be deposed immediately so that justice could be served. With him, justice disappeared and the country is about to disappear as well. He's a stupid person that has no conscious or dignity. He's garbage and is thinking that our minds are as small as his brain to fool us with such empty words.

Default-user-icon LebanonFirst (Guest) 04 August 2021, 03:22

Is this guy really sane? Does he really think we are stupid to believe him? Doesn't he know that during his tenure Lebanon is almost gone? For God's sake, just piss off. You are an insect; even garbage is better better than you; everyne hates you, except your sheep, which have shrunk considerably. Just pass away for God's sake. We are fed up from your speeches, which only contain lies. And most of all, we are fed up from your SIL Basil, who is a crook and claims to protect the Christian rights. And above all, this stinky Al Rahi is tacitly supporting these two useless crooks, Aoun and Basil.

Default-user-icon joseph metledge (Guest) 04 August 2021, 07:02

yes he has a conscience. Unfortunately a very shallow conscience. Not enough to motivate him to do his duty by the nation over which he presides. Pity the beloved country.

Default-user-icon DevoutChristian (Guest) 04 August 2021, 07:51

This midget has handed the neck of Lebanon to Huzbullah in return for him stealing at will with his SIL Basil. What I wonder is that: does any Lebanese Christian really believes that this devil is protecting the rights of the Christians? I wonder!!!! This guy is trash.

Thumb thepatriot 04 August 2021, 09:48

He uses words such as "negligence" and "conscience", when HE KNEW!!!!!