A UN-backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former PM Rafiq Hariri on Thursday submitted a sealed indictment in the case to the country’s prosecutor general. Television reports said four suspects are named in the indictment.
The reports said the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, based in The Hague, had issued arrest warrants for the suspects. Media reports stated that the four suspects are: Mustafa Badreddine, who is a leading member of Hizbullah, Salim Ayyash, Hassan Aneissy, known as Hassan Issa, and Assad Sabra.
Badreddine, also known as Sami Issa, was born 1961. He is a cousin and the brother-in-law of slain prominent Hizbullah military official Imad Mughnieh. He is a member of the Hizbullah’s Shura council and the head of its external operations. According to the arrest warrant, he is accused of planning and overseeing the execution of Hariri’s assassination.