Among top suspects. Mugniyah
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Murdered in suicide attack. Hariri
Photo: AFP

Report: Mugniyah among top suspects in Hariri murder

UN-backed tribunal set to indict up to six senior Hezbollah members in assassination of former Lebanese prime minister, Wall Street Journal reports

Imad Mugniyah, Hezbollah's operations officer who was killed in a 2008 car bombing in Damascus, was one of the key figures behind the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.


According to the report, Mugniyah and his brother-in-law Mustafa Badreddine are two out of possible six senior Hezbollah members that will be indicted for the murder by the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, in charge of investigating the assassination.


Hariri and 22 other people were murdered on February 14, 2005 in a suicide attack in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. An international tribunal was established in 2007 in order to probe the attack and indict those responsible.


Badreddine, one of the candidates to replace Mugniyah as Hezbollah's operations officer, is the main suspect in Hariri's murder.


Members of the tribunal have faced difficulty during the investigation, culminating with a recent event in which some 30 furious women managed to chase them away during a visit to a local clinic.


Lebanese prosecutor general Said Mirza instructed to investigate the incident, but Hezbollah officials were quick to deny any involvement.



פרסום ראשון: 11.08.10, 09:02
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