Criminal Law

Hezbollah Member Found Guilty in Ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Assassination

A United Nations-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted a member of Iran-backed Hezbollah of conspiring to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in a 2005 bombing that set the stage for years of confrontation between Lebanon’s political forces.

The verdict comes as the Lebanese people are still reeling from the aftermath of a huge explosion in Beirut that killed 178 people this month, and from a devastating economic meltdown.

 Hariri, a Sunni Muslim billionaire with close ties with the West and Sunni Gulf Arab allies, was seen as a threat to Iranian and Syrian influence in Lebanon. He led efforts to rebuild Beirut following the 1975-1990 civil war.

Read the source article at NBC News

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