Lebanon: Former PM Diab charged in Beirut blast investigation

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“The judge investigating the 2020 Beirut port explosion has charged Lebanon’s then-prime minister, Hassan Diab, and two other former ministers with homicide with probable intent, according to a court summons seen by the Reuters news agency. Other top officials, including the country’s public prosecutor and the head of the domestic intelligence agency, were also charged in connection with the blast, judicial sources said on Tuesday. … However, the public prosecutor’s office has disputed [Judge Tarek] Bitar’s authority to issue the charges. … The explosion on August 4, 2020, was caused by hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port in poor conditions since it had been unloaded in 2013. So far, no senior official has been held to account.” (01/24/23)