STL to Beirut: Step up effort to arrest suspects


The president of a U.N.-backed court ( Special Tribunal for Lebanon -STL) trying to prosecute the assassins of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri has urged Beirut authorities to step up efforts to arrest four men indicted for alleged involvement in the 2005 suicide bombing.

Italian Judge Antonio Cassese says Lebanon must do more to help the tribunal “in searching for, serving, arresting, detaining and transferring the accused.”

The Lebanese prosecutor general recently reported that attempts to detain the four men have so far been fruitless.

Cassese also ordered Thursday that the indictment, unsealed Wednesday, be advertised in Lebanon. Advertising the indictment would be a step toward having the suspects tried in absentia in the Netherlands, if they are not arrested.