On Thursday evening, during MTV’s show, It’s About Time, Lebanese political commentator and journalist Simon Abou Fadel revealed information from the investigation showing that a Lebanese minister intervened to help facilitate the smuggling of ammonium nitrate to Syria.
While that isn’t proven 100%, it has the potential to be true.
According to Abou Fadel, when authorities at the Syrian border stopped trucks loaded with ammonium nitrate from entering Syria, “one of the ministers called and made a ‘wasta’ to relinquish them,” adding, “This is what is shown in the investigation.”
Despite host Marcel Ghanem’s efforts to pressure Abou Fadel to specify who the minister was, Abou Fadel declined. “With bloodshed this expansive, I can’t say who it is,” he said.
However, he dropped a hint saying that he is someone who is “current and active” in the scene, adding that it was one of the people Judge Fadi Sawan has mentioned.
This welcomes the assumption that it could have been any of the ministers who Judge Sawan indicted or any suspect under his radar.