In the latest of many events related to the Beirut blast investigation, State Prosecutor Judge Ghassan Oueidat has withdrawn from his position in the probe due to his family connection to one of the defendants.
The defendant in question, who was recently indicted by investigative Judge Fadi Sawan, is former minister Ghazi Zaiter, the husband of Oueidat‘s sister, hence his brother-in-law.
Considering the conflict of interest, Oueidat will be stepping down from pursuing the investigation and the responsibility will be given instead to Attorney General Judge Ghassan El-Khoury, according to NNA.
Additionally, former premiers released a joint statement in which they plainly said that if Judge Sawan can indict a prime minister for the crime of negligence, then the same should apply to Lebanon’s President, who also knew and reportedly neglected to act.
That should also apply to the previous premiers of the past six years since the ammonium nitrate that caused the catastrophic explosion was there in the port during their time in office.
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