Mustafa Badreddine Street sparks outrage in Lebanon

The naming of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut after a late military commander of the Hezbollah movement has sparked a political row.

Mustafa Badreddine, after whom the street in the suburb of Ghobeiry is named, is alleged to have masterminded the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.

The street itself leads to Rafik Hariri University Hospital.

Hariri’s son Saad, the current prime minister, called the move “seditious”.

The street sign was changed just days after the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) began hearing the closing arguments in the trial in absentia of four other men linked to Hezbollah who are accused of being behind the car bombing that killed Rafik Hariri and 21 other people.

Hezbollah has denied any involvement in the assassination.

After attending the trial in The Hague last week, Saad Hariri said he was confident justice would prevail and that his father’s murderers would be held to account.

Image caption Saad Hariri said the decision to name a street after Badreddine was “regrettable”

But he also stressed he would behave as an “official who has the responsibility to protect the country and the…

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