UN-backed tribunal publishes Hariri indictment

The UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri has said it had published the full indictment.

The Hague: The UN-backed tribunal
investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime
minister Rafiq Hariri has said it had published the full
indictment.

"The pre-trial judge has ordered that his decision
confirming the indictment related to the 14 February 2005
attack, as well as the indictment itself, be made public," the
Special Tribunal for Lebanon said yesterday, in order to
"proceed to trial."

Tribunal prosecutor Daniel Bellemare welcomed the
tribunal`s order to unseal the indictment, saying preparations
will push ahead for the trial of four Hezbollah members
accused in the case.

"This order will finally inform the public and the victims
about the facts alleged in the indictment regarding the
commission of the crime that led to charging the four
accused," Bellemare said in a statement.

Judge Daniel Fransen last month ordered confidentiality
around the names and charges against Salim Ayyash, 47, Mustafa
Badreddine, 50, Hussein Anaissi, 37 and Assad Sabra, 34, be
partially dropped.

Ayyash and Badreddine face charges of "committing a
terrorist act by means of an explosive device" and homicide,
while Anaissi and Sabra faced charges of conspiring to commit
the same acts.

PTI

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