Lebanon News

Justice Minister appoints investigators to look into bombings

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The justice minister Monday appointed investigators to the Justice Council to look into a series of bombings that rocked the country in past months.

A statement issued by Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi’s office said that the minister appointed Judge Imad Zein to investigate two bombings which struck the capital’s southern suburbs of Bir al-Abed and Rweiss last summer and two similar attacks that targeted the suburb of Haret Hreik in January.

Judge Alaa Khatib will look into twin car bomb attacks which rocked two mosques in Tripoli last August, and two twin suicide bombings which hit the Iranian Embassy and the Iranian cultural center in the Bir Hasan southern suburb of Beirut in Nov. 2013 and Feb. 2014 respectively.

For his part, Judge Mohammad Saab will investigate the explosion which killed former Minister Mohammad Shatah in downtown Beirut last December.

Judge Sabouh Sleiman was appointed to look into three explosions which targeted the Bekaa Valley town of Hermel in January and February.

The Justice Council looks into crimes that target state security and its verdicts cannot be appealed.

Most of the explosions hit districts associated with Hezbollah. They were claimed by Syrian rebel groups who said they came in retaliation to the party’s military involvement in Syria’s war alongside President Bashar Assad.





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