Leidschendam, 10 October 2013 – Today, Prosecutor Norman Farrell welcomed the public announcement of the indictment against Hassan Habib Merhi for his alleged role in the 14 February 2005 attack that claimed the life of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, as well as 21 other victims, and injured 226 people.
The Prosecutor's indictment against the accused Hassan Habib Merhi was confirmed by the Pre-Trial Judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on 31 July 2013, following the request of the Prosecutor on 5 June 2013.
"The Office of the Prosecutor continues its efforts to fully investigate and prosecute those alleged to be responsible for the attack on 14 February 2005. Recognizing that all suspects are presumed innocent and have the right to a full defence, the Prosecution is working towards accountability, preparing to present reliable and credible evidence to the Trial Chamber" noted Prosecutor Farrell.
The accused, Hassan Habib Merhi, is charged with a number of crimes including the crime of conspiracy aimed at committing a terrorist act. He is alleged to have acted in a conspiracy with Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hussein Hassan Oneissi, and Assad Hassan Sabra in relation to the attack on 14 February 2005, all of whom have already been indicted. The accused Merhi is alleged to have coordinated the preparation of the purported claim of responsibility as part of the preparations for and in furtherance of, the attack.
The Prosecutor stated that "my Office remains committed to working at full capacity to bring perpetrators to justice and, by doing so, to achieve a just result for the victims".
The public redacted version of the indictment can be found on the STL website.