Merhi: “a grey man” in the STL slide show
The prosecution presented last week their case against a fifth in absentia accused, Hassan Merhi [IJT-161], who has been joined to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) trial for the bomb attack that killed prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. But despite copious evidence from the examination of a variety of mobile phones, the prosecution has still presented no clear motive behind the attack.
Merhi was a key member in the “hierarchy of management” that ran the conspiracy to kill Hariri, declared prosecution counsel Graeme Cameron at the resumption of the trial, which started in January with four in absentia accused. Merhi was officially joined to the proceedings in February and, against requests from his assigned defence lawyers, the judges have pushed on with hearings in June and July after a scant four-month delay. But Merhi’s defence will have some extra time to prepare for the examination of four expert prosecution witnesses. 15 others have already been heard during the opening phase of the trial.