Beirut Port Blast Probe in Full Swing as The Number of Arrests Increases to 28

Published September 10th, 2020 - 06:57 GMT
The explosion piled on new misery for Lebanese already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and the country's worst economic crisis in decades. As well as killing more than 190 people, the explosion injured at least 6,500 and left 300,000 homeless. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
The explosion piled on new misery for Lebanese already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and the country's worst economic crisis in decades. As well as killing more than 190 people, the explosion injured at least 6,500 and left 300,000 homeless. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lead investigator of the Beirut blast probe Judge Fadi Sawwan Wednesday interrogated three Customs officials in connection to the case.

Sawwan questioned retired Customs Sgt. Gerges al-Mudawar and released him after he provided proof of residence.

The lead investigator also questioned Customs Sgts. Mohammad Khatib and Adel Nassar.

 

According to a judicial source, they were interrogated on the 4.35 tons of ammonium nitrate recently discovered by the Army at the Customs division near the port’s entrance, nearly a month after the deadly explosion caused by the detonation of 2,750 tons of the same explosive material claimed more than 190 lives, injured at least 6,500 people and left 300,000 homeless.

This raises the total number of defendants in the Beirut Port case to 28, with 25 already in custody.

Sawwan is set to hear the testimonies of caretaker Public Works Minister Michel Najjar and Head of State Security Tony Saliba Thursday and General Security Chief Abbas Ibrahim Monday, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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