BEIRUT: A Lebanese Army medical team handed over the body of Majid al-Majid to the Saudi Embassy in Beirut Friday, the military said, a day after a committee of physicians ruled that the head of the Al-Qaeda offshoot died of natural causes.
The handover took place outside the military hospital in Beirut where Majid, the Army said in a statement.
The remains will be flown to Riyadh on board a regular Saudi Arabia Airlines flight that is scheduled to depart from Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport at 7 p.m.
Wanted by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iran, Majid was head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group which claimed responsibility for the Nov. 19 twin suicide bombings outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. The attack killed 30 people, including an Iranian diplomat.
The Army arrested Majid last month, but he died at a military hospital over the weekend before it had a chance to interrogate him.
On Thursday, acting State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud said Lebanon would hand over Majid’s body after a committee of physicians confirmed that the Saudi national died of natural causes.
Hammoud formed a six-member committee comprised of doctors and coroners which examined Majid’s medical records at Hamid Hospital in the Bekaa Valley and Beirut’s Al-Makassed Hospital as well as the Military Hospital in Badaro.
Also Friday, caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel and Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi discussed the latest results into the Iran Embassy bombing investigation.
Roknabadi thanked Charbel and the Lebanese authorities for their efforts in revealing the identity of those behind the attacks.
He added that Iran would continue to cooperate with Lebanon to reach a conclusion to the probe.