Suspects named in Hariri case may have left Lebanon
Four suspects who were indicted last week by the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri may have left Lebanon, dpa quoted a Lebanese news agency as reporting Saturday.
All four suspects had left Lebanon which was why "the international investigation commission had requested accurate information about the movement of some Lebanese from and into Beirut and the list of arrivals and departures at Beirut international airport and at the border crossings," the Central News Agency wrote quoting "well informed" sources.
On June 30, Lebanon's prosecutor general received the indictments from the tribunal set up to prosecute those responsible for the murder of Hariri. He was killed in a massive car bomb attack in a seaside area of Beirut on February 14, 2005.
The indictment reportedly includes arrest warrants for members of the militant Shiite Hezbollah movement.
The names of Mustafa Badereddine, the brother-in-law of Hezbollah's late military leader Imad Mughaniyeh, as well as Sami Issa, Selim Ayyash, and Assad Sabra were all leaked to the press.
According to unconfirmed reports in Beirut, Badereddine left Lebanon for Iran shortly after the assassination.
The tribunal, which was set up in 2009, has long been a point of contention between Lebanon's rival political parties.
Meanwhile, the Arrouwad Lebanese website said Saturday that the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) had issued an international memo requesting the arrest of 21 people named in the STL's indictment.
However, there was no confirmation of such a memo on Interpol's official website.