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Lebanese port blast investigator formally told he is removed

BEIRUT (AP) — The prosecutor investigating last year’s massive blast in Beirut was formally notified Friday that he would no longer lead an enquiry into last year’s deadly port explosion, state-run Lebanon’s National News Agency reported. Thursday’s decision by the country’s highest court to remove Investigating Judge Fadi Sawwan came after legal challenges by senior … Read more

Lebanon court asks port blast lead investigator to step down

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s highest court on Thursday asked the chief prosecutor investigating last year’s massive Beirut port explosion to step down, following legal challenges by senior officials he had accused of negligence that led to the blast, a judicial official and the country’s official news agency said. The Court of Cassation called for a … Read more

Lebanese ex-army chief testifies in Beirut port blast probe

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s former army chief told the lead investigator of last year’s massive Beirut port blast on Thursday that he had recommended, years before the explosion, that tons of seized ammonium nitrate stored there be sold privately or sent back to importers. The military had no use for the volatile chemical, testified Jean … Read more