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UN tribunal seeks arrests over Lebanon Hariri killing

UN tribunal seeks arrests over Lebanon Hariri killing
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A UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri issued arrest warrants on Thursday against four people accused of his killing.

Prosecutors have not disclosed the contents of the indictments but they are expected to name four Hezbollah members.

The Shi’ite group’s political wing and its allies back the government. It has vowed not to hand over any of its members to the Hague court.

Al-Hariri’s son Saad, himself a former

premier, urged current prime minister Najib Mikati to accept the tribunal’s authority.

Mikati said his government would be treating the investigation with the utmost responsibility, but added arrest warrants do not amount to convictions. “We need to hear all the evidence,” he said.

Rafik al-Hariri was killed on February 14, 2005 along with 22 others when a bomb blast struck his motorcade.

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