Lebanese Ministers Refuse Questioning in Beirut Blast Investigation

12/17/2020

Two former Lebanese ministers, Ghazi Zaiter and Ali Hassan Khalil, have refused to appear before Lebanon’s judicial investigator as part of criminal proceedings following the Beirut explosion.

Last week, Judge Fadi Sawan charged the ex-ministers, Prime Minister Hassan Diab, and former minister Youssef Fenianos with “criminal negligence causing the death and injury of hundreds of people.” The ministers submitted a request to remove Judge Sawan from the case due to “legitimate suspicions” regarding his neutrality. A judicial source said that the request means, “Sawan should stop the investigation with Zaiter and Hassan Khalil until the Court of Cassation decides on the recusal request after he delivers his remarks.” In spite of the request, Sawan asserts that he “did not intend” to step down and will continue investigating the case. He set January 4, 2021 as the new date from the two former ministers to appear for questioning.

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Asharq Al- Awsat