Hariri killing indictment ready soon: tribunal clerk

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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon will present "very soon" an indictment for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, an official said Thursday.

Hariri was assassinated in a massive car bombing in Beirut that also killed another 22 people, and the UN-backed tribunal based in the Leidschendam suburb of The Hague is tasked with finding who was responsible.

"Everyone is waiting for the moment when the prosecutor is going (to come) out with an indictment," the clerk of the court, Herman von Hebel, told reporters.

"Of course I cannot give any date, there is no date yet, but what I can tell you is: it is very, very soon," he said, adding it could be confirmed in six to 10 weeks.

The indictment would be confidential at least until it is confirmed by the pre-trial judge, he said.

Several foreign media, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), have reported that the tribunal will indict members of the powerful Shiite militant group, Hezbollah, in connection with the murder.

Hezbollah, which fought a devastating 2006 war with Israel, has warned any such accusation would have grave repercussions in Lebanon.

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