UN court releases Hariri murder indictment

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The UN court investigating the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister has released the formal indictment accusing four Hezbollah members of involvement.

Rafik Hariri died in a massive explosion in Beirut in 2005.

The 47-page indictment shows investigators analysed a vast number of phone records they allege link the four to the killing. They remain at large.

A member of the Lebanese Parliament Mohammad Kabani said: “The trial will start soon. We are backing the Tribunal as we did always and we think that it will reach the facts and it will also reach justice.”

Rafik Hariri’s son Saad Hariri took office himself afterwards. Hezbollah has denied involvement in the killing. Even prosecutors admit there is no smoking-gun in the indictment.

Reacting to the news, one Beirut resident said: “They created the indictment to stir up sectarian strife, and it will not succeed. They are giving false information.”

Twenty-one other people died in the attack in February 2005.

Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said the indictment was an attempt to drive a wedge between factions in Lebanon and bring down the government, which is backed by Hezbollah.