Lebanon’s former prime minister and its top public prosecutor have been charged over the devastating 2020 blast at the port of Beirut that killed 220 people.
Former PM charged over Lebanon disaster
The judge probing the 2020 Beirut blast has charged Lebanon’s top public prosecutor, the then-prime minister and other senior current and former officials over the devastating explosion, judicial sources said and court summons show.
Judge Tarek Bitar unexpectedly resumed an inquiry on Monday after it was paralysed for more than a year by political resistance and legal complaints filed by top officials he was seeking to question.
The explosion on August 4, 2020 was caused by hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the port in poor conditions since it was unloaded in 2013.
So far, no senior official has been held to account.