Life sentence for killer of Lebanon PM

Life sentence for killer of Lebanon PM

Fifteen years after the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, a Lebanese Hezbollah member convicted of the crime has been sentenced to life in prison in absentia.

Hariri was killed in a terrorist attack that hit his motorcade in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

Alongside the politician, 21 other people were killed and 226 injured by the massive suicide truck bombing, caused by 3000 kilograms of explosives and generating a shock wave that could be felt for kilometres.

Hezbollah has denied involvement in the attack and the judges in the Netherlands said no evidence implicated the militant group's leadership.

The tribunal issued an indictment and arrest warrants for four men in 2011.

None of the accused were in custody and the trial against them, which started in 2014, was held in absentia.

Hezbollah member Salim Jamil Ayyash, the man sentenced on Friday, was found guilty in August, while the three other defendants were acquitted due to a lack of evidence.