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Parts of STL indictment dealing with Murr, Hamadeh cases out shortly: source

Lebanese security inspects the car of former Lebanese Cabinet Minister Marwan Hamadeh in October 2004 in Beirut, Lebanon - AP

BEIRUT: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon will likely release information of parts of its indictment dealing with the attempted assassinations of former Deputy Prime Minister Elias Murr and MP Marwan Hamadeh within the month, judicial sources told The Daily Star Saturday.

“The information, backed by hard evidence, will point to the involvement of several of the suspects indicted in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the attempted assassinations of Murr and Hamadah,” the sources said, adding that other additional suspects might be named.

On June 30, four members of Hezbollah were named in an indictment by the U.N.-backed court probing the assassination of five-time Prime Minister Hariri on Feb. 14, 2005, their names only released in early August after a 30-day deadline for their arrests expired.

The sources said Saturday that the information, contained in a 40-page document, would be released in the second half of August.

Judicial sources told The Daily Star Thursday that during separate meetings with Hamadeh and Murr, an STL delegation informed the Lebanese officials that there were links between their cases and Hariri’s.

In October 2004, Hamadeh was targeted by a car bomb which left him seriously wounded, while Murr was targeted on July 12, 2005.

Representatives from the The Hague-based court also met Thursday with Journalist May Chidiac, who escaped an assassination attempt on Sep. 25, 2005. Following her meeting with the STL delegation at the Justice Palace, Chidiac said she had not been informed of a link between the assassination attempt on her life and Hariri’s killing.

The family of slain former Communist Party leader George Hawi, who was assassinated on June 21, 2005, was informed by the STL delegation Friday that a link between his case and Hariri existed.

The head of Hezbollah, Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has described the STL as “an Israeli project” and vowed not to cooperate with it, saying that it aims to target the resistance group and sow civil strife in Lebanon.

Nasrallah said that the four accused – Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra - would not be apprehended, not “even in 300 years,” and that they would be tried in absentia.





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