In the investigation of the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri (photo, from nydailynews.com), the prosecutor of the UN-backed tribunal filed a new indictment which includes “substantiative new elements”.
In February 2005, Mr Hariri was killed in Beirut, in a truck bomb attack.
This indictment, which is being kept confidential, replaces the previous one, said the office of the prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Now it has to be examined and confirmed by Belgian judge Daniel Fransen, before any summonses or arrest warrants are issued.
Some believe the involvement of Hezbollah in the killing is pointed in the indictment.
The powerful Shia movement denies any involvement and has said it will retaliate if its members are implicated in the indictment.
“The Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Daniel A Bellemare, today filed an amended indictment,” his office said in a statement on Friday.
The Hague-based tribunal said the amended document “replaces the indictment of 11 March 2011, to include substantiative new elements unavailable until recently”.
The examination and confirmation of the indictment by the judge “will be completed in the coming months”, said the STL.
Although Hezbollah called the UN-backed probe a US-Israeli plot, supporters of the tribunal see it as a landmark step towards justice in their country.
In 2008 it took several weeks for Lebanon to get out of sectarian violence and the country was even close to civil war. People fear that a prolonged crisis could lead to the same situation.
Initially Syria was blamed for Mr Hariri’s assassination and was forced to withdraw its troops from Lebanon after 29 years. But later members of Hezbollah became the prime suspects.