Indictments Published for Hizbullah Terrorists in Hariri Murder
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has formally published partially-censored indictments naming four Hizbullah terrorists for involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese leader Rafik Hariri and 22 others in a bloody truck bombing in 2005.
The long-awaited indictments are bound to cause outrage in the Hizbullah terrorist movement, which has become a dominant force in the Lebanese government though an alliance with the pro-Syrian faction.
Hizbullah has said it never will cooperate with investigators and will not turn over any suspects to authorities. Hizbullah's supreme leader Hassan Nasrallah has charged that the investigation is an attempt to cause dissent in Lebanon.
The 47-page indictment was published in the Netherlands on Wednesday after the Special Tribunal said that Lebanon was not able to arrest the suspects. The documents stated that most of the evidence is based on telephone conversations and charged the terrorists with "a coordinated use of these phones to carry out the assassination." Parts of the transcripts of the conversations were inked out in the published indictments.
The court said there is sufficient evidence to bring the four suspects to trial.
The indictment, which was leaked in Lebanon several weeks ago, named the suspects as Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra. Badreddine is the brother-in-law of Imad Mughniyeh, the mastermind terrorist who was killed, allegedly by Israeli agents, three years ago.