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TEL convicted one of the defendants for Hariri’s murder, but acquitted the other three

August 18, 2020

The Special Court for Lebanon (TEL) on Tuesday convicted one of the four people charged with the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, but acquitted the other three for lack of evidence when it found – exactly key – that there was also no evidence that Syria and the leadership of the Hezbollah militia party were involved in the crime.

The convicted person is Salim Ayyash, who was found guilty of the premeditated murder of Hariri and the other 21 fatalities in the attack in which he was killed on February 14, 2005, while the other three accused – Assad Sabra, Hussein Oneissi and Hassan Merhi – were acquitted. All were tried “in absentia”.

The TEL had charged a fifth person, Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, with “thought leader” of Hariri’s assassination, but died in May 2016 in the Syrian war, for which it dropped the charges against him after confirming it died.

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