Salim Ayyash Sentenced to 5 Life Terms over Hariri’s Murder


The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Friday sentenced fugitive Hezbollah member Salim Jamil Ayyash to five terms of life imprisonment for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

"The trial chamber is satisfied that it should impose the maximum sentence for each of the five crimes of life imprisonment to be served concurrently," said Judge David Re of the STL, based in the Netherlands. On August 18, Ayyash, 57, was found guilty of homicide and committing a terrorist act over the deaths of Hariri and 21 others in the attack that occurred on February 14, 2005. The trial, which was conducted in absentia, acquitted three accomplices due to insufficient evidence. Ayyash remains at large. In a statement, the prosecutors said that five concurrent life terms were the only just and proportionate sentence" for Ayyash, given it was the "most serious terrorist attack that has occurred on Lebanese soil."

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Asharq Al- Awsat