Three new Lebanese attacks linked to Hariri murder

Four members of the radical Hezbollah movement have been indicted for the massive bomb attack that killed Rafiq Hariri.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2011, 21:37 PM IST

The Hague: Three other attacks on Lebanese politicians are being linked to the 2005 murder of the country`s former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the UN tribunal
investigating his death said on Friday.

"The pre-trial judge has established that there is a connection between those three cases and the February 14, 2005 attack," Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) spokesman Marten Youssef told a news agency.

The STL took jurisdiction of the three attacks relating to two Lebanese ex-ministers, who survived assassination attempts, Marwan Hamadeh and Elias Murr, as well as former Communist party head George Hawi, who was killed by a bomb blast on June 21, 2005.

"Judge (Daniel) Fransen ruled confidentially on 5 August, that the prosecutor had presented prima facie evidence that each of these cases are connected, and are thus within the tribunal`s jurisdiction," Youssef said.

The UN-backed court is tasked with identifying those behind Hariri`s assassination as well as a string of bombings between 2004 and 2005 that killed or wounded several anti-Syrian politicians or journalists.

Four members of the radical Syrian-backed Hezbollah movement have been indicted for the massive bomb attack on February 14, 2005, that killed Rafiq Hariri and 22 others.

Bureau Report