A UNIFIL troop carrier parked in front of Hezbollah and Amal movement posters in south Lebanon, May 10, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett were kidnapped, tortured and murdered in south Lebanon while on active duty with UNIFIL. For their families, the psychological impact of that day continues with the search for justice, as the man accused of the murders is yet to be sentenced by Lebanon's Military Court. With each delay comes further worry for the families.The SLA took the seven-man convoy to a school, where Smallhorne, Barrett and their compatriot Pvt.For the best part of two decades, the grieving families of the Irish soldiers had no idea where Bazzi was and the murders went unresolved.That was when the families of Smallhorne and Barrett started to hope that the man identified as having killed their loved ones might face justice.Bazzi's first appearance in front of the Lebanese Military Court was in June that year, and last month he was sentenced to five years in prison with hard labor for collaborating with Israel.
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