BEIRUT: The U.S called for a "fair and transparent judicial review" of the deadly Qabrshamoun incident "free of political interference," as the crisis continues to mire internal Lebanese politics.
"The United States supports fair and transparent judicial review without any political interference," a statement by the embassy said, adding that "any attempt to use the tragic June 30 event in Qabr el-Shamoun to advance political objectives should be rejected."
On June 30, Progressive Socialist Party loyalists clashed with the convoy of Lebanese Democratic Party Minister Salah al Gharib, killing two of his bodyguards.
The case has been referred to the Military Tribunal, which is now tasked with handing down punishment.
The PSP has accused the Free Patriotic Movement, which is allied with the LDP, of piling pressure on the judges presiding over the case.
"The US has conveyed in clear terms to Lebanese authorities our expectation that they will handle this matter in a way that achieves justice without politically motivated inflammation of sectarian or communal tensions," the statement concluded.
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