JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Special Tribunal on Lebanon indicted four senior Hezbollah members on Wednesday for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The tribunal issued the indictment in the Netherlands after a nearly six-week delay by the Lebanese government to arrest the suspects.
On June 31 when the tribunal first released their names, Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said security forces would "find their addresses…and arrest them," The Daily Star reported at the time.
The 47-page indictment accuses Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine of masterminding the massive bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others in Beirut.
Badreddine is the brother-in-law of the late Imad Mughniyeh, killed in Damascus by a car bomb in February 2008.
Salim al-Ayyash, Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra were also named in the indictment, which provides cell phone records linking the four to the bombing.
Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has denied his group's involvement in the attack, vowing that not one of its members would be turned over for prosecution. Nasrallah accused Israel of masterminding the bombing and falsifying network data to implicate its members.
In January, Hezbollah toppled the government of former Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri -- son of the assassinated premier -- by resigning from the cabinet when he refused to speak out against the tribunal's investigation.
Hariri responded to today's announcement by calling on Nasrallah "simply to detach itself from the accused," which he said all Muslims and Arabs would consider "an historic" move. He also admonished the government to follow through with its pronouncements.
"The Lebanese government must end its attempts to evade its responsibility of finding, capturing and handing over the suspects," Hariri said.