The head of the Beirut Bar Association, Melhem Khalaf, sent a letter on Monday to the British authorities requesting an intervention to stop the liquidation of a UK-registered company over possible links to last year’s explosion at Beirut port.
According to Reuters, Khalaf saw the need for the U.K. corporate registry to intervene to prevent the company Savaro Ltd from being struck off the records, saying this “would permit an indicted entity to evade justice.”
The letter from the Beirut Bar Association’s president Melhem Khalaf asserts that the UK company was in fact indicted by the Lebanese judge in charge of the investigation, which is the first time the possible indictment of Savaro has come out to the public.
The Mozambican buyer, FEM, identified the company it bought it from as Savaro.
Meanwhile, the Beirut Bar Association said Savaro’s name and address “appears on documents in its capacity as purchaser of the high-density ammonium nitrate cargo that eventually exploded in August 2020”.
According to the letter, the Beirut Bar Association has been awarded plaintiff capacity in the case, which gave it access to details of the official investigation into the blast.
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