Explosions in Beirut: judge orders detention of several senior officials
Steph Deschamps / August 8, 2020
A Beirut judge has ordered the detention of the Lebanese customs director and a director of the capital's port after the double blast that ravaged the port on Tuesday evening, the Lebanese national news agency reported on Friday.
Customs chief Badri Daher, his predecessor Chafik Merhi, and the chairman of the port's board of directors, Hassan Kuraitim, will be held in detention during the investigation.
Dozens of people have already been arrested. Sixteen people were detained on Thursday.
The military prosecutor said 18 people had been questioned so far.