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Financial Prosecutor Judge Ali Ibrahim heard his first witness Thursday in a case alleging irregularities in the tendering process for an Energy Ministry plan to temporarily bolster Lebanon's electricity availability.Warde told The Daily Star Wednesday that he had represented U.S. energy firm APR Energy in the tendering process last year, which sought to fill Lebanon's roughly 900-megawatt electricity gap.A security source told The Daily Star that five witnesses had been identified by Judge Ibrahim, including Karim Khayat, who heads Middle East Energy. It was blocked by the Tenders Department in July, and again in November, when the department flagged an illegality in the process – the presence of just one bidder.The winning bid plans to establish two additional power barges to reportedly generate up to 890 MW at a cost of $340 million a year.
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