2 Hezbollah linked suspects being tried in Bulgaria over 2012 suicide Bombing

These head-shots provided by the Bulgarian Interior Ministry shows Canadian citizen Hassan El Hajj Hassan, right, and Australian citizen Meliad Farah, also known as Hussein Hussein, left, both suspected of being involved in the July 2012 Burgas bombing. (photo credit: courtesy Bulgarian Interior Ministry)
These pics were provided by the Bulgarian Interior Ministry:.  Canadian citizen Hassan El Hajj Hassan, right, and Australian citizen Meliad Farah, also known as Hussein Hussein, left, both suspected of being involved in the July 2012 Burgas bombing. (photo credit: courtesy Bulgarian Interior Ministry)

A Bulgarian court has opened the trial of two men who are allegedly linked to Hezbollah and charged with terrorism for their alleged involvement in a 2012 suicide bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and their bus driver and injured 35.

Meliad Farah, a dual Lebanese-Australian national, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a dual Lebanese-Canadian national, will face trial in absentia as their whereabouts are unknown, the specialized criminal court announced Wednesday.

The explosion outside Burgas airport’s terminal building tore through a tourist bus bound for the popular beach resorts of the nearby Black Sea.

Five Israelis, the vehicle’s Bulgarian driver, and the man alleged to have planted the device, Franco-Lebanese national Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini, were killed.

It remains unclear whether Husseini intended to die in the blast or if the device went off by accident.

Bulgarian prosecutors filed charges in mid-2016 against his two alleged accomplices Farah and Hassan , whose whereabouts remain unknown despite an Interpol warrant.

They will be tried in absentia for a terrorist attack and manslaughter of several people as well as for a range of other crimes such as document fraud and preparations for an act of terrorism,” prosecutor Krasimir Trenchev told journalists.

The attack, which was the deadliest hit against Israelis abroad since 2004, also left around 35 people injured.

It played a role in a subsequent European Union decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s military wing as a “terrorist” organization.

On Wednesday the court heard testimony from several witnesses who were present at the airport at the time of the blast.

Survivors and relatives are also expected to testify at a later date, although this could take place via video link from Israel.

The next hearings were set for February 6 and 7. It was unclear how long the trial, the start of which has been delayed several times, will last.

AFP/ AP

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    Good news, especially in light of the pathetic toothlessness of the (UN-established and funded) “Special Tribunal for Lebanon”.

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    Chronology of attacks on prominent Lebanese political figures, high-ranking military and famous journalists

    October 6, 2004. Former Minister of Economy of Lebanon Marwan Hamade was seriously injured.

    February 14, 2005. The former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, was killed. The accompanying former economy minister Basel Fleikhan and MP Atef Majdalani were seriously injured. Another 21 people died.

    June 3, 2005. The opposition journalist Samir Kasir, who worked in the “An-Nahar” edition, was killed.

    June 21, 2005. The former secretary general of the Communist Party of Lebanon, George Howie, was killed.

    July
    12, 2005. The vice-premier of the Lebanese government, Lebanese Defense
    Minister Elias Murr, the son-in-law of Lebanese President Emil Lahoud
    is wounded. As a result of the explosion, several people were killed.

    September
    25, 2005. Attempted by independent journalist May Chidiac, a staff
    member of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC). She was seriously wounded. The doctors amputated the leg and hand of the injured.

    December 12, 2005. As a result of the explosion, the deputy and
    editor-in-chief of the newspaper An-Nahar, Gibran Tuaini, and three
    others died.

    November 21, 2006. The Minister of Industry, the leader of the
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    President Amin Gemayel, was killed.

    June 13, 2007. Walid Eido, chairman of the parliamentary faction of
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    leader Saad Hariri, is killed.

    September 19, 2007. Anutan Ranem, a member of the parliament of the Falangist Party, was killed.

    December 12, 2007. Brigadier General Francois Al-Hajj, head of the operational department of the Lebanese army, was killed. At least five more people died, dozens of people were injured.

    September 10, 2008. As a result of the explosion of the car, a
    high-ranking activist of the pro-Syrian party, a representative of the
    Druze community of Lebanon Sheikh Saleh Aridi, was killed.

    April 4, 2012. An attempt was made to assassinate the leader of the Lebanese phalangists Samir Judge. It was fired from a sniper rifle.

    October 19, 2012. The explosion of a car bomb killed Major-General Vissam Al-Hasan, formerly close associate of Rafik Hariri.

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