Lebanese ex-ministers snub Lebanese courts after being charged over Beirut blast

Two former Lebanese ministers who have been charged by a local judge with negligence as part of the  devastating explosion at Beirut port in August, which killed 200 people, snubbed a judge on Wednesday December 16th. They did not turn up for questioning.

Judge Fadi Sawan charged three former ministers and the caretaker prime minister last week. It was debated that he might not have the authority to do this.

Shi’ite Muslim movement Hezbollah and the Sunni group led by former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri bot rebuked the judge for his actions.

Ali Hassan Khalil, a former finance minister, and Ghazi Zeaiter, a former public works minister, who were both charged, said they did not turn up because they had not been informed officially of Wednesday’s session, and that protocol demanded they should have been.