Lebanon’s STL Reiterates Commitment to Bring Rafik Hariri’s Assassins to Justice


In its tenth annual report, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) affirmed its important role in the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and stressed that it is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Hariri was killed in a bombing in Beirut in February 2005. The UN Security Council classified his murder as a "terrorist" crime, appointed an international commission of inquiry, and then established the STL for the prosecution of the accused. Four Hezbollah members, Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hassan Habib Merhi, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra, are currently facing trial in absentia. They are charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, along with a number of other related charges.

The trial chamber is now reviewing the evidence before it and deciding if the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt. The precise timing of the judgment will depend on the complexity of the legal and factual issues in the trial chamber’s confidential deliberations.

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Asharq Al-Awsat