15 years after a massive bombing in Beirut killed Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri, a man has been found guilty of the assassination by a special UN-backed court.
Mr Hariri was Lebanon’s most prominent Sunni Muslim politician. He had close ties with the United States and with Sunni Gulf Arab states, and was seen as a threat to Iranian and Syrian influence in Lebanon.
At the end of an investigation and trial that lasted 15 years, Salim Ayyash was found guilty of assassinating Hariri.
His three co-defendants were acquitted. All are members of the Iranian-backed Shia militant group Hezbollah — and their whereabouts are unknown
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by middle east editor Jeremy Bowen.
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In This Story: Beirut
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. No recent population census has been conducted, but 2007 estimates ranged from slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region and the fifteenth-largest in the Arab world.