Lebanon's prosecutor general charges 25 over port blast - source

This content was published on August 14, 2020 - 20:09

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prosecutor General Ghassan Oweidat has pressed charges against 25 people, including senior port and customs officials and security officers, over the massive Beirut port blast that killed 172 people, a judicial source told Reuters on Friday.

It was not immediately clear what the exact charges were. Legal sources said the suspects would now be referred to a criminal court to be tried.

The judicial source said 19 of them were detained following the Aug. 4 explosion at a warehouse that Lebanese authorities said housed highly-explosive material for years which detonated.

(Reporting by Laila Bassam and Samia Nakhoul; Editing by William Maclean)

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