The Metropolitan of Beirut, Bishop Elias Audi, condemned on Thursday the obstruction of the investigation of the double explosion in Beirut. “Two years have passed and the wounds have not yet healed, because those responsible for the crime are still free, while the people of Beirut (…) are still suffering”, launched Bishop Audi in his homily during the mass celebrated on Thursday morning. at the University Medical Center – Saint-Georges Hospital for the second anniversary of the explosion at the port of Beirut. As a reminder, the hospital was badly damaged. Four hospital nurses died, along with patients in the hospital.
“How will those responsible for the explosion at the port of Beirut appear before God? Bishop Audi asked himself, what will they say? What will they say to their children and grandchildren when they ask them who blew up the port and why?” therefore, how will they face their consciences?”
“Two years have passed, and justice has not yet managed to find the truth, not because justice fails in its duties, but because the political influence of the court prevents its action”, accused Bishop Audi. of the victims and the victims want only one thing: to know the truth, to punish all those who planned the crime or participated involuntarily, as well as all those who turned a blind eye, knowing the danger posed by the equipment stored in the port.
“Knowing the truth cannot revive anyone affected, heal the injured, or rebuild destroyed houses, but it will cheer up the loved ones, because the criminal will be identified and justice will be done,” he said. he insisted. The punishment will have the effect of deterring anyone thinking of committing a destructive act in the future.”
Announcing that the names of the hospital’s victims are carved on the wall at the entrance to the center, Bishop Audi criticized the Government which “instead of setting up silos, witness to the crime of the century”, is working to destroy them. “to erase from memory the disaster that Beirut and its inhabitants have gone through, but also to erase the evidence”.