Key points in Special Tribunal for Lebanon indictment

17th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Wednesday unsealed the full indictment against four Hezbollah members wanted in the assassination case of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. Here are some key points of the indictment issued by the Hague-based tribunal:


-- The two main accused are Mustafa Amine Badreddine, 50, who prosecutors say was the mastermind, and Salim Jamil Ayyash, 47, accused of heading the assassination team that was responsible "for the physical perpetration of the attack."

-- Two other accused, Hussein Hassan Anaissi, 37, and Assad Hassan Sabra, 34, are charged with being accomplices, who allegedly prepared and delivered a false claim of responsibility video to international news organisations, thereby seeking to "blame the wrong people".


Badreddine and Ayyash face the following charges:

-- Conspiracy aimed at committing a terrorist act.

-- Committing a terrorist act by means of an explosive device.

-- Intentional homicide (of Rafiq Hariri) with premeditation by using explosive materials.

-- Intentional homicide (of 21 persons in addition to the intentional homicide of Rafiq Hariri) with premeditation by using explosive materials; and

-- Attempted intentional homicide (of 231 persons in addition to the intentional homicide of Rafiq Hariri) with premeditation by using explosive materials.

Anaissi and Sabra face the same conspiracy charge as Badreddine and Ayyash, and are accused of being accomplices in the other charges.


-- All four men are Lebanese citizens and remain at large. The STL's indictment draws extensively on telecoms evidence.

-- "Based on their experience, training and affiliation with Hezbollah, therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that Badreddine and Ayyash had the capability to undertake the February 14, 2005 attack" that killed Hariri and 21 others and injured 231 people in Beirut.

-- The bombing that targeted Hariri's convoy on the Beirut waterfront was the work of a male suicide bomber who detonated 2,500 kilograms of TNT hidden in a Mitsubishi Canter van.

-- Evidence gathered traces the "conspiracy" behind the attack to November 2004 and focuses on five covert and open telecommunications networks.

-- While details on the networks are blacked out in the text, a central "red network", led by Ayyash and used by the assassination team, was operational from January 4, 2005 until two minutes before the Hariri murder.

-- A second "blue network" shows association with the purchase of the Mitsubishi van.

© 2011 AFP

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