Former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was killed by a massive car bomb in 2005
A bronze statue of slain prime minister Rafiq Hariri overlooks the sitein downtown Beirut where he was killed. A man suspected of killing Hariri says the Lebanese government knows his whereabouts and would have arrested him a long time ago if it could. © Joseph Eid - AFP/File
Former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was killed by a massive car bomb in 2005
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Last updated: August 20, 2011

Suspected killer says Lebanon knows his whereabouts

A man suspected of killing former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri says the Lebanese government knows his whereabouts and would have arrested him a long time ago if it could.

"The Lebanese authorities know where I live, and if they wanted to arrest me they would have done it a long time ago," the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Time magazine. "Simply, they cannot."

But the man, who presented himself as a member of the powerful Hezbollah militia, denied all responsibility for the 2005 killing, saying, "I am innocent of all charges against me."

Four members of the radical Syrian-backed Hezbollah movement have been indicted for the massive 2005 car bomb attack that killed Rafiq Hariri while his convoy was passing a Beirut hotel.

Prosecutors had previously confirmed that they were indicting Salim Ayyash, 47, Mustafa Badreddine, 50, Hussein Anaissi, 37 and Assad Sabra, 34, for the murder.

Ayyash and Badreddine face five charges including that of "committing a terrorist act by means of an explosive device" and homicide, while Anaissi and Sabra face charges of conspiring to commit the same acts.

The whereabouts of the four are currently unknown with the UN-backed tribunal's president last Thursday calling for greater efforts to arrest the men.

The tribunal said Wednesday it had enough evidence to try the four Hezbollah members.

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