Lebanon Interior Minister receives arrest warrants

Published July 1st, 2011 - 11:28 GMT

Tensions were high Friday in Lebanon one day after a UN-backed tribunal issued an indictment in the 2005 assassination of ex-PM Rafiq Hariri in which at least two Hizbullah members are named. The country's Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told AFP Lebanon's Prosecutor General Said Mirza had given him the arrest warrants early Friday for Mustafa Badreddine, Salim Ayyash, Assad Sabra and Hussein Anaissi. Their whereabouts are unknown.

Badreddine is a prominent member in Hizbullah. He is suspected of having masterminded the February 14, 2005 seaside bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others.

Charbel said a meeting among all concerned security services was planned Saturday to coordinate search operations for the suspects. "We have to address this issue calmly and wisely to preserve the civil peace," he said. "If the situation explodes, everyone loses."

According to the minister, there are between 15,000 and 20,000 outstanding arrest warrants in Lebanon.

Hariri's son and former prime minister Saad Hariri, on Thursday praised the indictment as a "historic" moment for Lebanon.


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