General Jean Kahwaji, former Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, testified on Thursday in relation to the Beirut Port explosion.
Judicial investigator Judge Fadi Sawan, who is leading the probe into the deadly August 4th blast, listened to Kahwaji for an hour and a half, Al-Jadeed reported. The former military officer testified as a witness in the case.
Kahwaji was the army commander when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored in the Port of Beirut, ultimately detonating in an explosion that killed more than 200 people, injured thousands, and displaced more than 300,000 back in August.
Journalist Radwan Mortada recently blasted the former army commander, as well as the current one, General Joseph Aoun, for failing to remove the dangerous materials from the port, calling for their interrogation.
The long delay in the Beirut blast probe has repeatedly provoked protests in Lebanon as well as critical remarks from world leaders and diplomats, including French Ambassador to Lebanon Anne Grillo, who called it “unacceptable” in a recent statement.
Meanwhile, the German firm tasked with clearing dangerous materials at the Port of Beirut described them as “a second bomb” threatening to hit the ravaged city with a new catastrophe.