BEIRUT EXPLOSION: LEBANON PM, 3 MINISTERS CHARGED WITH NEGLIGENCE
Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three other former ministers have been charged with negligence over Beirut port explosion that killed hundreds of people and injured thousand others in August.
The ministers charged along with Diab are former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil and former public works ministers Ghazi Zaeiter and Youssef Fenianos.
Fadi Sawan, the judge investigating the blast, would question Diab as a defendant in the case on Monday at the Beirut seat of Government, Grand Serail.
While the other three ministers would be called in for questioning on Monday through Wednesday as defendants.
Ali Hassan Khalil, Ghazi Zaeiter, and Youssef Fenianos held office in the time after the explosive material entered Beirut’s port in late 2013 on board a cargo vessel.
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Khalil served as finance minister from 2014 to 2020, during which time he oversaw Lebanese Customs, whose head has been charged and detained in the case, along with a number of other officials.
Zaieter and Fenianos headed the public works ministry from 2014 to 2016 and 2016 to 2020 respectively.
So far, the number of indicted persons on the Beirut explosion has risen to 37, 25 of whom are in detention.
Diab’s government resigned following the explosion but has continued to function in a caretaker capacity.