Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi arrives to attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has vowed to uncover the truth behind the killing of an anti-Hezbollah protester who was shot dead near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut two years ago.Rifi said the Internal Security Forces had finalized a preliminary investigation, and the case was now with Judicial Investigator Ziad Mkanna. He added that he had every confidence in Mkanna. Asked whether the Iranian Embassy was cooperating in the investigation, Rifi pointed out that embassies across the world enjoy immunity, and do not fall under the sovereignty of the country in which they exist.Rifi also pledged to stop acts of violence reportedly carried out against prisoners.Rifi promised to follow up on cases of torture that are supported with evidence.
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