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US company sued for explosion of Port of Beirut

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US company sued for explosion of Port of Beirut

Beirut, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Swiss Accountability Now foundation is promoting on Thursday a lawsuit filed by relatives of the victims of the explosion in the Port of Beirut in 2020 against a US company for its alleged involvement in this tragedy.

On its Twitter account, the organization revealed the filing this week of a $250 million petition in Texas against the US-Norwegian geophysical services group TGS involved in the incident.

Accountability Now committed to help victims seek justice and investigate the network of corruption that led to the release of 2,750 tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate for more than six years.

According to the foundation, the TGS company owns the British firm Spectrum Geo that was transporting the ammonium nitrate that was subsequently unloaded at the Port of Beirut and exploded on August 4, 2020.

The foundation pointed out that Spectrum signed a series of highly profitable but suspicious contracts with the Lebanese Ministry of Energy to transport seismic survey equipment from this nation to Jordan.

According to relatives of the victims, the investigation into the tragedy in the port is facing political interference, the immunity of high-level officials and disrespect for a fair trial.

Almost two years after this catastrophe, obstructions have diluted the effectiveness of the investigation to do justice to more than 200 dead and the thousands injured, non-governmental organizations noted.

The explosion in the Port of Beirut accentuated the worst economic and financial crisis in Lebanon in modern times, with four in five citizens living in poverty.

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