BEIRUT: The final proceedings of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon got underway Tuesday, with the prosecution maintaining that the “February 14 attack was executed as part of a sophisticated, multi-faceted mission that could only have been the product of a conspiracy.”
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri was in attendance, alongside caretaker Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury and caretaker Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh.
“Those who killed Rafik Hariri will face justice sooner or later,” Hariri said, with a decision expected to be issued in the coming months.
The accused currently facing trial in absentia are Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hassan Habib Merhi, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra. They are charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, along with a number of other related charges.
The prosecution argued that the Syrian regime was “at the heart of the plot,” while Mustafa Badr Eddine, a former senior Hezbollah official, was the mastermind behind the complex assassination.
In its final brief, the prosecution also argued that Ayyash, Merhi, Oneissi, and Sabra are “criminally responsible for their conduct of preparing, executing, and supporting the terrorist attack.”
Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed along with 21 others on February 14, 2005 when a roadside bomb was detonated.
Explosives equivalent to 1,000 kilograms of TNT were detonated as his motorcade passed in downtown Beirut near the St. George Hotel.
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