7 Men Face Death Penalty in Assassination of Hizbullah Official

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A military examining magistrate indicted on Thursday seven men on terrorism charges that could result in the death penalty for their links to the assassination of a former Hizbullah official in 2004.

Judge Imad al-Zain issued his indictment that called for sentencing four Lebanese and one Egyptian to death along with two other people who are on the run.

The Hizbullah official, Ghalib Awali, was killed in a car bomb blast in Beirut’s southern suburbs on July 19, 2004.

The explosion occurred outside his home in the Mouawad district.

At the time Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah vowed to cut off the hands of the killers, saying the attack was carried out either by Israeli agents who infiltrated into Lebanon with European, American or other foreign passports, or at the hands of local Lebanese agents.

Al-Zain issued arrest warrants against the suspects and referred them to the permanent military court for trial.

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