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Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister charged with’Neglect’ over Beirut port explosion

A Lebanese prosecutor has charged the nation’s caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab and also three former ministers for the collapse in an investigation of the catastrophic explosion in the port of Beirut.

The indictments caused Thursday, four weeks following the catastrophe, are the very first against politicians.

Fadi Sawan filed rates of carelessness and neglect that resulted in the burst against Diab, former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil Finance, in addition to Ghazi Zaayter and Youssef Fenians, who’d headed the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Judge Sawan, who’s responsible for the evaluation, will reportedly begin questioning Diab on Monday.

Her choice says that the ministers had received many written warnings regarding the ammonium nitrate storage, and”didn’t take the necessary steps to avert the catastrophic explosion and the huge damage.”

The prime minister’s office reacted to the fees immediately, stating that Diab had”a clear conscience”.

“He’s convinced that his hands are clean and that he’s managed the situation… responsibly and transparently,” it added.

The explosion in Beirut’s port on August 4 has been triggered by a fire at a warehouse, which was saving tonnes of ammonium nitrate for ages.

Over 200 people were killed and 6,500 hurt from the explosion, which ruined large swathes of their capital.

A couple of hours following the explosion, Diab denounced the storage conditions of this ammonium nitrate freight.

The shipment had arrived in the port of Beirut in November 2013 on a Moldovan-flagged ship.

The Lebanese government had promised after the explosion which 25 individuals, such as customs and port officials, was detained in the course of this evaluation, but hadn’t printed any decisions about who was accountable.