BEIRUT — The Appeals Chamber of the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Monday set June 16 as a date for the decision regarding two alleged Hezbollah members, found guilty on appeal in the case of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, killed in a bombing attack on February 14, 2005.
Here's what we know:
• In a statement, the STL said that the hearing of Hussein Oneissi and Hassan Habib Merhi, tried in absentia, will take place at 2 p.m. CET via videoconference and will be broadcast live on the STL’s website.
• Rafik Hariri, who served as a Prime Minister multiple times, was killed on February 2005 when a suicide bomber blew up a van loaded with explosives as his armored convoy passed through Beirut, killing 21 others and leaving 226 injured. At the end of the first trial, the court convicted Salim Ayache, another alleged Hezbollah member, but found that there was not enough evidence to convict the other defendants, Assad Sabra, Hussein Oneissi and Hassan Habib Merhi. The prosecution had appealed the acquittal of the last two. The Appeals Chamber declared on March 10, 2022, that it had "concluded that the Trial Chamber had committed errors of law invalidating the judgment and errors of fact resulting in a denial of justice.”