Hariri prosecutor must hand evidence to ex-suspect

AP News
Posted: Oct 07, 2011 10:52 AM
Hariri prosecutor must hand evidence to ex-suspect

Appeals judges at a U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister have ordered prosecutors to turn over witness statements to a former suspect.

The decision Friday is the latest victory for Maj. Gen. Jamil al-Sayyed at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Al-Sayyed, the country's former security chief, was freed in April 2009 with three other pro-Syrian Lebanese officers suspected in the 2005 truck bomb in Beirut that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others. They were released because of a lack of evidence.

Al-Sayyed is appealing for access to evidence against him so he can launch a civil damages case against what he calls false witnesses.