Intelligence Probe into Beirut Explosion Lays out Liabilities


A detailed report by Lebanon’s elite Information Branch intelligence agency has found a host of state officials and security agencies responsible for a massive explosion in Beirut’s port in August that killed some 200 people.

The 350-page report has been handed to the public prosecutor’s office but not made public. The report drew on investigation by the Information Branch itself, in addition to investigations by the military police and judiciary just after the August 4 explosion. A senior judicial source familiar with the report explained that the primary blame for the explosion was placed laid on the Beirut port authority and Lebanese customs. The report made specifically called out current and former customs chiefs Badri Daher and Shafik Merhi, saying they could have acted on their own to remove the explosives and thereby prevented the explosion.

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