After a 15 year wait, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon finally issued its verdict against those accused of the Assassination of Rafiq Al-Hariri and 21 other victims. The verdict did not include Hezbollah of the Syrian regime due to the lack of incriminating evidence against them. The tribunal solely convicted Salim Ayyash of the Assassination while acquitting the 3 other defendants due to the lack of sufficient evidence.
Salim Ayyash, who was convicted by the court today, Tuesday August 18, 2020– is a member of “Hezbollah” and was found guilty today following a trial that lasted 6 years.
“Salim Ayyash was found guilty of murder and committing acts of terrorism in connection with the assassination of Rafiq Hariri and 21 others.” Judge David Re said reading a summary of the 2,600-page ruling.
The court declared that Salim Ayyash, born in the southern town of Harouf in 1963 was guilty of committing a terrorist act using an explosive device to deliberately kill Rafiq Al-Hariri and 21 others, and the attempted murder of 226 other civilians that were injured using an explosive device.
Ayyash, who is a Lebanese citizen, had previously resided in places including: the Tabaja building, located on Al Jamous Street, Hadat, within Beirut’s Southern Suburb.