UK orders company to reveal identity of nitrate exporter to Beirut port

Image credits: A protester holds a placard outside a court building during a demonstration of solidarity with Judge Tarek Bitar who is investigating last year's deadly seaport blast, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Hundreds of Lebanese, including families of the Beirut port explosion victims, rallied Wednesday outside the court of justice in support of Bitar after he was forced to suspend his work. Bitar is the second judge to take on the complicated investigation. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The High Court of Justice in London has ordered Savaro Ltd to disclose the identity of its ultimate beneficiary owner who had sent the ammonium nitrate to Beirut on the Rhosus ship.

In august 2021, the Dechert LLP had filed an action in the High Court of London against Savaro on behalf of the Beirut Bar Association and a number of victims or their relatives of the Beirut Port Explosion.

Ten months later, a British judge ordered Savaro to disclose the identity of its owner within a deadline.

Lawyer Nasri Diab from the Beirut Bar Association Prosecution office and lawyer Kamil Abu Suleiman from the Dechert LLP stressed the importance of the court's decision, which gives hope to the victims, a few weeks away from the anniversary of the August 4 explosion.

Head of the Bar Association, Nader Kaspar, considered that the diligent work of the Public Prosecution Office constitutes a guarantee for the victims, despite all the obstacles and delays.



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