Lebanon News

Forensic expert gives evidence at STL

BEIRUT: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s Trial Chamber listened Wednesday to the testimony of a Lebanese forensic expert for a second day. 

Convening under Judge David Re, the chamber listened to professor Fouad Ayoub who examined the remains of the victims of the Feb. 14, 2005, bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. 

Ayoub explained that nothing found in the crime scene matched the DNA samples taken from relatives of Ahmad Abu Adass, a Palestinian man who appeared in a video claiming responsibility for the bombing. 

Prosecutors argue that this was a false claim of responsibility. After a 30-minute break, the defense lawyers of Hezbollah member Mustafa Badreddine listened to Ayoub and the hearing was adjourned to Thursday 11 a.m. Beirut time. The STL has indicted five Hezbollah members in the crime.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 03, 2014, on page 3.




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