BEIRUT: The Military Court sentenced a late Hezbollah member with hard labor and life in prison for attempting to assassinate Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb in 2013.
The court issued the sentence in absentia after the suspect, Mahmoud Hayek, never showed up to the trial.
The tribunal convicted Hayek, a member of Hezbollah’s security apparatus, of attempting to assassinate Harb by planting a bomb in the elevator of the building housing the lawmaker’s office and trying to detonate it.
Early last week, Hezbollah announced that Hayek had been killed in Syria, where the group is fighting alongside regime troops.
But for the court to end the trial, authorities must present documentation and proof he is dead. Hezbollah has refused to turn Hayek in and has denied any involvement with the assassination attempt.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 02, 2014, on page 3.