BEIRUT – Former prime minister and head of the Future Movement Saad Hariri Thursday called on the government to “work with all its security forces to detain” the two alleged members of Hezbollah Hassan Habib Merhi and Hussein Oneissi whose acquittals were overturned earlier today by the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Here’s what we know:
• Earlier today the tribunal overturned the acquittals of two alleged members of Hezbollah on appeal for their role in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
• In a tweet, Hariri also called on the government to also arrest another member of Hezbollah Salim Ayash who was already found guilty by the Tribunal.
• The former prime minister also said he “holds Hezbollah responsible for covering up the crime and the criminals that are members of the party.”
On Jan. 24, Hariri announced that he is stepping down from political life and that he is not going to run for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for May 15. He also asked his party not to participate in the upcoming polls.