Members of Lebanon's Shiite group Hezbollah carry a portrait of Mustafa Badreddine, a top Hezbollah commander who was killed in an attack in Syria, during his funeral in the Ghobeiry neighbourhood of southern Beirut on May 13, 2016. AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon will wait for Lebanese authorities to confirm the death of Mustafa Badreddine before determining how to proceed with its case against him.In 2011, Badreddine and four other Hezbollah supporters were charged with conspiracy aimed at committing a terrorist act.Prosecutors say phone records show that Badreddine authorized Ayyash to purchase the van used in the bombing, and that on the day of the attack, he gave Ayyash the green light to proceed from the safety of southern Beirut.Badreddine himself reportedly took the opposite approach.Issa ended contact with all of the witnesses, sometimes abruptly, on or before 2010, the year his name was leaked in connection with the tribunal.Prosecutors say they connected the two using telecommunications evidence, ultimately attributing 13 cellular phones to Badreddine.
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