Beirut blast judge issues arrest warrant for former minister

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The lead judge investigating last year’s catastrophic Beirut port blast issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil after he failed to show up for questioning, a judicial source and local media said. Khalil, a senior member of the Shia Amal movement and an ally of the armed Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, was not immediately available for comment. Judge Tarek Bitar also issued an arrest warrant last month against former minister Youssef Fenianos. Three Lebanese MPs – including Khalil – had filed a legal complaint against Bitar on 27 September, alleging he …

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