Judge of Lebanon Tribunal: No evidence of Hezbollah leadership involvement in Hariri assassination

Judge David Re, presiding judge, Judge Janet Nosworthy and Judge Micheline Braidy attend a session of the UN-backed Lebanon Tribunal, which will rule on the case of four men who are being tried in absentia for the bombing. in 2005 who already assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik -Hariri and 21 other people, in Leidschendam, the Netherlands 18 August 2020. REUTERS / Piroschka Van De Wouw / Pool

Leidschendam, NETHERLANDS (Reuters) – There is no evidence that the leadership of the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah, as the Syrian government, was involved in the 2005 bombing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik. al-Hariri, a judge, was killed on Tuesday.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon read the verdict in the trial of four Hezbollah members accused of conspiracy to assassinate Hariri and 21 others.

“The trial chamber is of the opinion that Syria and Hezbollah may have had motives to eliminate Mr. Hariri and his political allies, however, there is no evidence that the Hezbollah leadership had any involvement in the assassination of Mr. Hariri and there is no direct evidence of Syrian involvement, “said Judge David Re, reading a summary of the court’s 2,600-page decision.

Report by Toby Sterling; Written by Anthony Deutsch

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