BEIRUT: The case of allegations and counterallegations by two caretaker Cabinet ministers over alleged corruption that led to severe flooding was taken up by the judiciary Tuesday.
Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim asked the authorities to provide him with the text of caretaker Transport and Public Works Minister Ghazi Aridi’s news conference and caretaker Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi’s television interviews.
A judicial source told The Daily Star that the transcripts would be added to the probe Ibrahim launched in the wake of last week’s downpours that left hundreds of Lebanese stranded for hours due to flooded streets.
The source said Ibrahim seeks to investigate allegations made against Safadi that he withheld money necessary for carrying out road maintenance, including preparations for winter.
Aridi told a news conference Monday that Safadi had refused to approve the funds so as to pressure him into approving a construction violation by the finance minister.
Safadi swiftly denied the allegations in comments made to several television channels.