A UN-backed tribunal sentenced a member of the Hezbollah militant group to life imprisonment Friday for his involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The defendant, Salim Ayyash, has by no means been arrested and was not in court docket on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for Friday’s sentencing listening to.
The tribunal convicted Ayyash in August of being a co-perpetrator in 5 fees linked to the suicide truck bombing on Beirut’s seafront on February 14, 2005. The big blast killed Hariri and 21 others and injured 226.
“Mr. Ayyash participated in an act of terrorism that caused mass murder. His role … was vital to the success of the attack,” Presiding Judge David Re stated.
The trial chamber is glad that it ought to impose the utmost sentence for every of the 5 crimes of life imprisonment, to be served concurrently,” Re added.