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Lebanese PM and three ex ministers are charged with negligence over catastrophic explosion in Beirut that left more than 200 dead

A judicial source confirmed the charges against outgoing premier Hassan Diab on Thursday.

Ali Hassan Khalil, a former finance minister and Youssef Fenianos and Ghazi Zaiter, two former public works ministers have also been charged.

They are the first politicians to be indicted over the devastating August 4 blast that killed more than 200 people, disfigured the heart of the capital and stoked a wave of already-intense public anger against Lebanon’s ruling elite.

The four were charged with ‘negligence and causing death to hundreds and injuries to thousands more’ in the first such official indictment against a sitting prime minister in Lebanese history, the judicial source said.

Outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab has been charged with negligence over the explosion in a first for a sitting Lebanese prime minister. He took office after his predecessor Saad Hariri resigned amid mass protests in October 2019. After the explosion, Diab stood down. He denies any wrongdoing
Outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab has been charged with negligence over the explosion in a first for a sitting Lebanese prime minister. He took office after his predecessor Saad Hariri resigned amid mass protests in October 2019. After the explosion, Diab stood down. He denies any wrongdoing 
Former Lebanese Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil has also been charged over the devastating blast 
The blast stoked already-high levels of mistrust in the Lebanese government among both the international community and residents, who had already been protesting for months over corruption, a crippling economic crisis and the country’s post-civil war power sharing agreement. 

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