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Lebanese Justice Will Interrogate Ministers After Disaster

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A Lebanese prosecutor is going to question ministers and former ministers about the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut.


Former Minister of Public Works Ghazi al-Aridi will be questioned first, says an initiate, who wanted to remain anonymous.

If the investigation reveals negligence, the source says the evidence should be sent to parliament. Justice cannot merely decide to prosecute ministers or former ministers. Permission must be requested for this.

The explosion in the port of Beirut claimed the lives of at least 171 people.

Another 6,500 people were injured, and hundreds of thousands of the city’s residents are left homeless. The damage may amount to more than $ 15 billion, President Michel Aoun said Wednesday.

Last week, a warehouse exploded where 2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate had been stored for years.

Documents inspected by news agencies show that many government officials were aware of a dangerous situation. Prime Minister Hassan Diab and President Aoun were reportedly warned in writing in July.

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