Lebanon: two indicted for 'Israeli plot'

Charged for alleged plan to kill premier's MP aunt

05 January, 13:35

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JANUARY 5 - Two Lebanese nationals, including a main residing in Israel, have been indicted in Beirut on charges of attempting to organize the murder of MP Bahia Hariri, aunt of Premier Saad Hariri, at the order of Israeli secret services. The murder was allegedly intended to spark a crisis in Lebanon after the premier stepped down last November.

    The Lebanese newspaper Daily Star reported on Friday that military judge Riad Abu Ghayda indicted Mohammad Mustafa al Dabet on charges that he was working for the Mossad and operated at the orders of another Lebanese national, Walid al Naqouzi, who lives in Israel and was indicted in absentia.

    Israel "wanted to take advantage of Hariri's resignation and asked Dabet to prepare a plot to kill MP Hariri to shake the country", according to the prosecution. The magistrate believes Dabet then was supposed to flee to Turkey.

    In a surprise announcement last November 4 from Riyadh, Saad Hariri announced he was stepping down as premier. He remained in the Saudi capital for about two weeks before returning home via Paris and revoking his resignation. (ANSAmed).

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