Charge of “homicide with probable intent” against former Prime Minister Hassan Diab

Charge of “homicide with probable intent” against former Prime Minister Hassan Diab
Charge of “homicide with probable intent” against former Prime Minister Hassan Diab
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Posted in: 01/24/2023 – 11:51

The Lebanese judge, Tariq Al-Bitar, in charge of the investigation into the Beirut explosion, accused then-Prime Minister Hassan Diab and two former ministers of “homicide with probable intent.” The Lebanese Public Prosecutor, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, and three other judges were also charged in connection with the case. The Beirut port explosion on August 4, 2020 is one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in the world, killing at least 215 people and injuring thousands.

Two judicial sources said on Tuesday that the judge investigating ABeirut port explosion which took place in 2020, then-Prime Minister Hassan Diab and two former ministers were charged with “homicide with probable intent.”

The Lebanese Public Prosecutor, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, and three other judges were also charged in connection with the tragic explosion that killed 220 people.

A Lebanese judicial official had stated that Tariq Bitar, the judicial investigator in Beirut port explosionOn Monday, despite the constant political pressure against him, he resumed his investigations 13 months after it was suspended As a result of lawsuits filed successively by a number of defendants against him, including current MPs and former ministers, against the judicial investigator.

The judicial source said that Al-Bitar ordered the release of five detainees and resumed his work on Monday. The source added that among those released were workers and contractors who were working in the port before its explosion on August 4, 2020.

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Victims’ families and human rights organizations denounce attempts to obstruct access to justice in an explosion that is one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in the world, killing at least 215 people and injuring 6,500 others.

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Al-Bitar’s efforts to interrogate senior officials over the explosion, which killed 220 people and caused widespread destruction in Beirut, were hampered by resistance from some factions, including the well-armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah group.

Judicial officials said that Al-Bitar also brought charges against Major General Abbas Ibrahim, Director General of Public Security, and Major General Tony Saliba, Director General of State Security, in connection with the explosion, in addition to former army commander Jean Kahwaji. Officials did not specify the charges.

The two judicial sources said that the interrogations of 15 people were scheduled for February, including senior security officials, Oweidat, two former ministers, and Diab.

France 24 / Reuters

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