Four arrest warrants have been issued by the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on July 29th in a bid to speed up their arrest.
Lebanon received the indictment and four arrest warrants from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon last month. While the suspects were not named then, Lebanese officials said the accused were members of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah.
Hezbollah accuses the tribunal of being a U.S. and Israeli tool and denies any link to the 2005 assassination. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said this month that he would not allow any arrest of his group members.
The suspects named were Mustafa Amine Badreddine, a senior Hezbollah figure and brother-in-law of slain Hezbollah commander Imad Moughniyeh, as well as Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra.
Pre-trial judge Daniel Fransen ordered full names, aliases, biographical information, photographs and charges against the individuals named in the indictment to be released to public.
Divisions over the Special Tribunal findings has plunged Lebanon into a series of political crises which led to sectarian clashes dragging the country back into an anticipated civil war.