Lebanon: Prosecution appeals STL judgment on Hariri attack

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Prosecutors at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) announced on Wednesday that they would appeal the judgment in the 2005 assassination case of former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri, who saw three men acquitted and one convicted. .

Prosecutor Norman Farrell of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) filed a notice of appeal to the STL Appeals Chamber, alleging errors of law and errors of fact in the judgment of the Trial Chamber, rendered August 18, 2020the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The prosecutor argued that these errors invalidated the judgment and resulted in a denial of justice, he said, without giving more details on the errors in question.

All suspected members of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, the four men were tried in absentia by the STL for their alleged involvement in the suicide bombing in Beirut that claimed the life of Sunni billionaire Rafic Hariri, as well as 21 other people.

Salim Ayyash, 57, was the only one convicted, includingintentional homicide. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment, although he was never handed over to court. The other three suspects were acquitted.

A man shouts near the scene of a car bomb.

The explosion of a car bomb on February 14, 2005, killed 22 people, including the then Prime Minister.

Photo: Reuters / Mohamed Azakir

The prosecutor said to ask the STL allow the appeal and enter convictions against the persons who are the subject of this appeal, adding to be convinced that the Appeals Chamber will examine this appeal fully and expeditiously.

The STL, which is based in Leidschendam, near The Hague, did not give a date for a possible hearing in the case. Rafik Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister until his resignation in October 2004, was killed in February 2005 when a suicide bomber blew up a van full of explosives as his armored convoy passed, leaving 226 injured.

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