MP Youssef Downplays Negligence Charges over Airport Tunnel Flooding

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Al-Mustaqbal MP Ghazi Youssef, Chief Executive Officer of MEAS Company, shrugged off on Friday charges of negligence and vandalism regarding the case of Airport road floods.

The lawmaker expressed surprise over the charges, saying that the company provided during the investigation all the necessary documents that prove that MEAS fully carried out its tasks and cleaned out the drains.

“Technically the pumpers were working and were able to take in all the quantity, however, when al-Ghadir river flooder it invaded the tunnel, which cut electricity off the pumps,” Ghazi told local newspaper.

He explained that the depth of water in the tunnel reach 1.6 meters, while the rain height reached 50 ml.

“The company had previously demanded the Public Works and Transport Ministry to clean the riverbed of al-Ghadir,” Youssef pointed out.

He stressed that pointing fingers will not be useful.

On Thursday, Financial General Prosecutor Judge Ali Ibrahim charged MEAS company with negligence and sabotage in the case of Airport road floods that left hundreds stranded for hours earlier this month.

Ibrahim had heard the testimony from MEAS officials as well as the private contracting company, South for Reconstruction, in addition to Caretaker Finance Minister Mohammed al-Safadi and Caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi, who gave up his tasks last week after corruption allegations.

Aridi and Safadi were both summoned for questioning after both official engaged in war of words over claims of public fund embezzlement.

Safadi told reporters on Thursday at the Justice Palace that he handed documents to Ibrahim, saying he didn't have any other session with him.

The state-run National News Agency said that the prosecutor will also question two other people linked to the case.

Ibrahim heard on Monday the testimony of Aridi over the same allegations.

Aridi briefed Ibrahim on the details of a press conference he made earlier this month to accuse Safadi of withholding funds from his ministry for road maintenance in an effort to pressure him into approving a construction violation by the finance minister.

Safadi shrugged off the accusations that the finance ministry was responsible for the failure to perform maintenance on sewage networks.

Following his meeting with Ibrahim, Aridi announced that he “would cease his caretaker role from the cabinet and take a break from politics.”

Comments 15
Thumb benzona 20 December 2013, 09:35

now it's obvious, they want to fire him so they can replace him with one of their stooges. another portfolio in the hands of the m8 thieves/assassins.

Thumb _mowaten_ 20 December 2013, 11:43

oh wow, you figured all that out just by seeing "mustabqbal MP"? funny how anyone in m8 is systematically accused by you whenever something goes wrong, but as soon as it's someone from m14 it suddenly becomes all part of a big secret conspiracy.

Thumb benzona 20 December 2013, 11:58

La bave du crapaud n'atteint pas la blanche colombe que je suis.

Thumb benzona 20 December 2013, 12:31

do i have to repeat vlame srower al Qommi? la bave du.... ;-0

Thumb _mowaten_ 20 December 2013, 13:21

yea benzo, flying so high on denial that you're untouchable :)

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 20 December 2013, 10:16

no wonder 60 billion was dilapidated in Lebanon
there was a project to build a new capital for south korea away from the north for 10 million people the price
26 billion
I rest my case
democracy and arab spring in the gulf countries now

Thumb benzona 20 December 2013, 10:17

Nadia is quite good looking.

Thumb benzona 20 December 2013, 10:48

L'œil de Flame est clignotant. Lorsqu'il se met à rire ou à sourire, les paupières bouffies se réunissent au point de laisser à peine une ligne imperceptible et très brillante, signe de finesse et de ruse disent les physionomistes, et j'ajouterais de luxure...

Thumb ice-man 20 December 2013, 10:49

He is such a loooser, he reported the comment!

Thumb benzona 20 December 2013, 10:55

what a shame icey, what a shame!

Thumb cedars2 20 December 2013, 12:12

"Al-Mustaqbal MP Ghazi Youssef, Chief Executive Officer of MEAS Company, shrugged off on Friday charges of negligence and vandalism regarding the case of Airport road floods"

Thumb cedars2 20 December 2013, 12:16

Notice how he is also involved in MEAS. This is how our mafia ministers work giving huge contracts to each other, opening companies in their relatives names and ensuring the get the contracts. This is only one small specimen. Dig deeper and watch in amazement at how rife the corruption is. They are as bad as each other!!!! Wake up Lebanon!!!

Thumb benzona 20 December 2013, 12:29

the day you want to set the majliss el noueb on fire, i'll bring the gasoline. just make sure they're all locked in.

Default-user-icon marc y (Guest) 20 December 2013, 12:24

shia......taking leb down the drain

Thumb cedars2 20 December 2013, 12:33

Nothing like a good old barbecue.