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A judge investigating the Beirut port explosion requests the questioning of the Prime Minister and security leaders


The investigative judge in the Beirut port explosion case, Judge Tariq Bitar, decided to question the Lebanese caretaker prime minister, Hassan Diab, as a defendant (as defendant) in the case, in addition to a number of former and current senior officials, after completing the stage of hearing witnesses.


And the National News Agency - the official Lebanese news agency - reported that Judge Bitar sent a letter to the Lebanese Parliament through the Public Prosecution, requesting the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of former Finance Minister MP Ali Hassan Khalil, former Minister of Works MP Ghazi Zuaiter and former Minister of Interior MP Nohad Machnouk, In preparation for prosecution and prosecution in the case.


The official agency added that the investigative judge sent two letters, one to the Beirut Bar Association, to give permission to prosecute Khalil and Zuaiter because they are lawyers as required by law, and the second to the Tripoli Bar Association, to give permission to prosecute the former Minister of Works, lawyer Youssef Fenianos, in order to start interrogating them all with felony intent. Probability of the crime of murder and misdemeanor neglect and negligence.


In the same context, the investigative judge asked the Presidency of the Government to give permission to interrogate the head of the State Security Service, Major General Tony Saliba, as a defendant. He also requested permission from the Caretaker Minister of Interior, Brigadier General Mohamed Fahmy, to prosecute and prosecute the Director General of the Public Security Agency, Major General Abbas Ibrahim.


Judge Bitar also sent a letter to the Public Prosecution, according to the authority, in which he requested that the legal requirement be taken against a number of judges.



The list of prosecutions included former military and security leaders, as Bitar also claimed the former army commander, General Jean Kahwagi, the former director of intelligence in the army, Brigadier Kamil Daher, the former brigadier general in the army’s intelligence Ghassan Gharzeddine, and the former brigadier general in the intelligence Jawdat Oweidat.

The investigative judge set dates for interrogating them periodically without announcing these dates.



It is noteworthy that the former investigative judge, Fadi Sawan, had previously indicted the caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, the former Minister of Finance, Ali Hassan Khalil, and the former Ministers of Works, Ghazi Zuaiter and Youssef Fenianos, with crimes of negligence and negligence and causing the death and injury of hundreds of people in the Beirut port explosion incident. Maritime.


The investigative judge changed in light of the response request “disqualification” submitted by former ministers Ali Hassan Khalil and Ghazi Zuaiter against Judge Fadi Sawan, accusing him of taking measures that arouse suspicion and fear of not achieving fair justice against them, and of failing to observe legal procedures in light of the parliamentary immunity they enjoy. them as members of Parliament.


A devastating explosion occurred inside Beirut seaport last August 4, when 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate, which had been stored in the port’s warehouses for 6 years, caught fire, which led to the destruction of a large part of the port, as well as killing about 200 people and injuring more. From 6 thousand others, the buildings and facilities of the capital were severely damaged by the force of the explosion, in a way that required declaring Beirut a disaster city.

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