A Lebanese judge has postponed the questioning of former Prime Minister Hassan Diab in relation to the 2020 Beirut Port explosion. Judge Tarek Bitar said Diab is scheduled to meet investigators on Oct. 4, the official National News Agency reported today.
More than 200 people died in August 2020 when 2,750 tons of the flammable fertilizer ammonium nitrate caught fire in a warehouse and then exploded in Beirut’s port. The explosion devastated Lebanon, which was already and is still reeling from an economic and energy crisis. Many of those affected by the blast are still suffering economically as a result. Diab resigned in the wake of the explosion, though he remained in office as caretaker prime minister until Najib Mikati finally formed a new Cabinet earlier this month.