Three suspects in Hariri killing released

Feb. 26, 2009 at 1:28 PM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Three suspects held by investigators in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri have been released, authorities say.

Lebanese judiciary officials said three of seven suspects in the assassination investigation were released on bail Wednesday, including Syrian national Ibrahim Jarjura, The Daily Star reported Thursday.

Those freed included Lebanese brothers Ahmad and Mahmoud Abdel Aal. The release of the suspects reportedly does not mean the men will not face a tribunal in the bombing that took Hariri's life in Beirut.

Hariri was among 23 people who were killed on Feb. 14, 2005 when a massive car bomb exploded.

The three released suspects were taken into custody in late 2005 and early 2006.

Meanwhile, a request to release the remaining four suspects was rejected by an investigative magistrate.

The Star said the suspects still in custody are former Presidential Guards head Mustapha Hamdan, military intelligence official Raymond Azar, Internal Security Forces Director Ali Hajj and General Security official Jamil al-Sayyed.

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