Beirut Blast Probe Begins as Lebanon’s Special Tribunal is Set to Reach Verdict Over Killing of PM

In 2005, a deadly explosion in Beirut killed the country’s first post-civil war Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Four Hezbollah members were indicted for his murder and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is shortly set to deliver a verdict on their guilt. However, the country has recently been shaken by another catastrophic blast.

An examination of a report into Beirut’s 4 August explosion, which killed more than 200 people and injured around 6,000, will be launched on Monday, the Guardian reported. The review will be carried out by Judge Fadi Sawan who will ultimately decide whether any of the 25 employees and bureaucrats who were implicated in relation to the blast at Beirut’s port, will face charges.

All the individuals are believed to have been holding positions in the last six years that made them eligible to make decisions in relation to the storage of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in the port’s dockside hangar, which provoked the massive burst. However, the political protests that have taken the streets of Lebanon in the wake of the disaster, have mostly blamed the explosion on Lebanon’s leadership, eventually leading to the government’s resignation.

The Beirut’s blast probe is not the only major judicial event awaited by the country next week – the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is also expected to come up with a verdict on Tuesday in relation to the killing of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by a suicide truck bomb 15 years ago. Four…

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