The United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) on Tuesday showed their support for the decision of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (TEL) after convicting one of the four accused in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in the year 2005 and highlighted the independence of judges and the international community’s commitment to justice and against impunity.
“The verdict in this case reflects the international community’s commitment to justice in the face of the terrible crimes that were committed that day,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said of his spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
On the day Guterres is referring to, February 14, 2005, Hariri, Prime Minister between 1992 and 1998 and between 2000 and 2004, died after a car bomb exploded in Beirut in an attack that also killed them. another 21 people.
The TEL this Tuesday convicted one of the four accused, Salim Ayyash, of a crime of terrorism and willful crime for this crime. However, it has decided to acquit three other people for lack of evidence, stating with the utmost precision that there is no evidence that Syria and the Hezbollah party leadership were involved in the crime.