Victim families urge Lebanese trial of Saudi terrorist

Victim families urge Lebanese trial of Saudi terrorist
Sat Jan 4, 2014 08:45:12

The families of the victims of the terror bombing at Iran’s Embassy in Beirut have demanded a Lebanese trial for the al-Qaeda-linked Saudi Arabian terrorist who led the terrorist attack.

The families of the victims insisted in a Friday statement that "this Saudi criminal must be tried in Lebanon where he committed his grisly crimes."

They also praised Lebanese security forces for identifying and capturing Majed al-Majed, the Saudi commander of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which operates throughout the Middle East.

Earlier in the day, the Lebanese army confirmed the identity of Majed al-Majed, whose arrest was announced by the Lebanese LBCI television on Tuesday, about a week after his capture in the Lebanese capital.

The Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Saeed Asiri, had previously said that Lebanon should extradite Majed to the kingdom in case his identity is confirmed.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that a team will be sent to Lebanon to take part in Majed’s interrogation.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the twin bombings that killed 25 people and wounded over 150 others outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on November 19, 2013.

Iran’s Cultural Attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari and the wife of another Iranian diplomat were among those killed.

Majed, a high-profile terrorist wanted by the United States and other countries, had earlier traveled to Syria to pledge allegiance to the notorious al-Nusra Front, which is fighting against the Syrian government.

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