New York

17 June 2022

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on Lebanon

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General takes note of the sentencing judgement delivered by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in which Mr. Hassan Habib Merhi and Mr. Hussein Hassan Oneissi were sentenced to life imprisonment for the crimes they committed in relation to the 14 February 2005 attack in Beirut that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others, and injured 226 more. 

Mr. Merhi and Mr. Oneissi remain at large. 

The Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the victims of the 14 February attack, and their families.   

The Secretary-General expresses his deep appreciation for the dedication and hard work of the judges and staff involved in this case throughout the years.   

The Secretary-General notes the independence and impartiality of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and calls upon all to respect the decision of the Tribunal.