PTI, Ledeshendam (Netherlands)
Updated Tue, 18 Aug 2020 08:53 PM IST
Rafiq Hariri (File Photo)
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David Ray, the presiding judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, said that a few months before his death, Hariri was a supporter of Syria's influence in Lebanon and Hezbollah in Syria. Explain that Hariri was murdered on 14 February 2005. He was the most prominent Sunni leader of Lebanon at the time.
David said that the judges studying the evidence in the case against the accused and four Hezbollah members involved in the bomb attack believe that Syria and Hezbollah may have intended to eliminate Hariri and some political allies.
However, he also said that there is no evidence that the Hezbollah leadership was involved in Hariri's assassination and there is no evidence of any direct involvement of the Syrians. The judge said this while giving the final verdict in the case.
The tribunal cannot pass judgment on Hezbollah or Syria because it can only do so on the accused persons and not on the organizations or the country. The decision in the case was postponed by two weeks in the wake of the August 4 blast in Beirut that killed 180 people and injured more than 6,000 people.
The trial of the trial centered around the alleged role of four Hezbollah members in the attack. 21 other people were also killed and 226 people were injured in this truck bomb attack.