Beirut blast judge to question top politicians, security officials

  • Fatal blast devastated swathes of Beirut
  • Top security chief and ex-ministers to be questioned
  • Anger grows that no senior officials held to account
  • Previous judge removed in February in setback to case

BEIRUT, July 2 (Reuters) – The judge in charge of the investigation into the Beirut port blast will seek to question top politicians and security officials, Lebanon’s national news agency said on Friday, almost a year after the explosion that devastated the capital.

The blast in August, blamed on a huge quantity of chemicals left for years in poor storage conditions, deepened a political and economic crisis in the heavily indebted country.

Ordinary Lebanese have grown increasingly angry that no senior officials have been held to account for the explosion that killed hundreds of people, injured thousands and ruined whole neighbourhoods in the centre of Beirut.

Judge Tarek Bitar, who became the lead investigator into the blast after his predecessor was removed in…

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