Interpol issues warrants for Hariri killing suspects

BEIRUT,  (Reuters) – Interpol has circulated arrest  warrants for four suspects in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese  statesman Rafik al-Hariri, U.N.-backed tribunal said yesterday.

“The tribunal has requested Interpol to notify all states of  the arrest warrants, this comes as a request from STL (Special  Tribunal for Lebanon) Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare,” STL  spokesman Marten Youssed said.

“He has provided Interpol with the necessary information to  issue red notices against each of the accused who remain  anonymous because the contents of the indictments remains  confidential,” he said.

Lebanon received the indictments and four arrest warrants  from the tribunal last month.

It has not named the suspects but Lebanese officials said  the accused are members of the Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah,  including Mustafa Badreddine, a senior member of the movement  and brother-in-law of slain Hezbollah commander Imad Moughniyeh,  and three other members of the group.

Hezbollah, which accuses the tribunal of being a U.S. and  Israeli tool, denies any link to the 2005 assassination and its  leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said this month that authorities  will never arrest the indicted members of his group.

The assassination on Feb. 14, 2005 plunged Lebanon into a  series of political crises, killings and bombings which led to  sectarian clashes in May 2008, dragging the country back to the  brink of civil war.

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