Indictments submitted in ICJ Hariri murder probe

January 17, 2011 18:14

Lebanese media reports that Hizbullah, Ayatollah Khaminei have been indicted for 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister.

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Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

The UN tribunal set up to prosecute the assassins of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says its prosecutor has filed the first indictment in the case, nearly five years after the deadly truck bombing.

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Details of suspects named and the charges against them have not been released.

Tribunal registrar Herman van Hebel said in a statement Monday prosecutor Daniel Bellemare sent the indictments to Judge Daniel Fransen, who must decide whether to confirm or dismiss them or ask for more evidence.

Lebanese news sources reported that the indictments focus on Hizbullah members that planned and executed the assassination.

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reportedly been indicted for giving the instructions to kill Hariri in February 2005, AFP reported.

Last Wednesday, Hizbullah pulled out of the Lebanese government, leading to its collapse, due to Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri's support of the probe into his father's murder.

Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday that Israel sabatoged negotiations following the death of Hariri, and supports the destablization of his country.

"Should one expect that Israel or the United States will allow an Arabic political process to end smoothly? Never," Nasrallah said. Nasrallah also went on to blame Hariri, in conspiring with the US against him.

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