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Lebanese PM Charged over Beirut Port Blast

A judge investigating the Beirut port explosion this past August has charged Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three former ministers with negligence over the blast that killed 200 people and devastated swathes of the capital.

Diab said in response that his conscience was clear and accused the judge of breaching the constitution.

Judge Fadi Sawan called Diab and former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil in for questioning next week, along with former public works ministers Ghazi Zeaiter and Youssef Finianos.

Zeaiter, who said he would comment once he was officially informed, headed the public works ministry in 2014, soon after the Rhosus ship carrying tons of ammonium nitrate arrived at Beirut port.

The highly explosive chemicals were stored for years in poor conditions at the port. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you seek and pursue justice for all who have been harmed.”