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US News Explosions in Beirut. The STL verdict on the Hariri attack postponed

21:40  05 august  2020
21:40  05 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Rafic Hariri quittant l’Élysée Palace le 27 février 2001. © REUTERS / Xavier Lhospice Rafic Hariri leaving the Élysée Palace on February 27, 2001.

The judgment in the trial of four men accused of having participated in the assassination of Rafic Hariri will not be returned on Friday, announces the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). In the aftermath of the explosion which left at least 135 dead in Beirut (Lebanon), the court said it was postponing this rendering "in order to respect the three-day national mourning" in the country.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) announced on Wednesday to postpone the reading of the judgment in the trial of four men accused of having participated in in 2005 in the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri , following to the explosions which ravaged Beirut on Tuesday .

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 Explosions in Beirut: the international community offers aid to Lebanon © REUTERS / Aziz Taher Apocalyptic scenes reigned in Beirut after a double explosion on Tuesday August 4th. Here, the remains of a building near the port, August 5, 2020. As Lebanon tries to deal with the damage from the double explosion in Beirut on Tuesday August 4, messages of support are pouring in from all over the world. The leaders continue to offer aid to this country, already ravaged by one of the most serious economic crises in its history.

Postponed out of "respect for the countless victims"

The announcement of the verdict, initially scheduled for Friday, is postponed to August 18 out of respect for the countless victims and in order to respect the three-day national mourning declared in Lebanon, the official said. Netherlands-based court in a statement.

The STL said it was deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic events that hit Lebanon on Tuesday evening, expressing its solidarity with the Lebanese people at these difficult times.

Rafic Hariri, Prime Minister until his resignation in October 2004, was killed in February 2005, when a suicide bomber blew up a van full of explosives as his armored convoy passed by the Beirut seafront, killing 21 other people and 226 injured.

The four defendants, all presumed members of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, are tried in absentia. Hezbollah, which has dismissed all responsibility, refused to hand over the suspects despite several arrest warrants issued by the STL.

The tribunal also placed its flag at half mast on Wednesday to pay tribute to those who lost their lives, were injured or are still missing following the blasts that devastated several neighborhoods in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday evening, causing more one hundred dead and thousands injured.

Explosion in Beirut: More than half of the hospitals in the capital "out of service" .
The WHO specifies that three of the most important establishments in the city are inoperable © STR / AFP Wardieh hospital , in Beirut, on August 5. HEALTH - The WHO specifies that three of the most important establishments in the city are inoperable More than half of the hospitals in Beirut , including three of the largest, are "out of service", according to a report of the World Health Organization (WHO), eight days after the explosion which devastated the Lebanese capital .

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