BEIRUT: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon probing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri unsealed Wednesday its indictment against four Lebanese suspects in the assassination of statesman Rafik Hariri.The following are some highlights from the indictment.
The assassination team was led by Salim Jamil Ayyash, one of the four members indicted by the international court in late June, according to the indictment. Seven other members were part of the team but remain unidentified.
Ayyash’s team had monitored the movement of Hariri for at least 15 days prior to the operation, the indictment said.
The assassination team was centered in south Beirut, but created false trails in order to blame others for the crime.
Ayyash "coordinated the assassination team," said the indictment and Mustafa Amine Baddredine was "the overall controller of the operation."
Badreddine and Ayyash are related through marriage and are both brothers in law of Imad Mughniyeh, a founding member of Hezbollah and in charge of its military wing from 1983 until he was assassinated in Syria in 2008.
The two other suspects indicted by the STL – Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra – were used to draw attention away from the main conspirators.
“Oneissi and Sabra had the task of preparing the false claim of responsibility, which served to identify the wrong people to investigate, in order to shield the conspirators from justice,” the indictment said.
Communications analysis, including witness statements, documentary evidence and call data records for mobile phones in Lebanon allowed the investigation team to identify some of the persons involved in the attack.
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