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Lebanese Court Charges Five With Killing Seán Rooney

A military court in Lebanon has formally charged five people over the killing of Irish peacekeeper Private Seán Rooney last year.

A military court in Lebanon is reported to have charged five members of the Hezbollah-led militia with the killing of Irish peacekeeper Private Seán Rooney last year.

The attack took place near the village of al-Aqbiya, in southern Lebanon, on 14 December.

The AFP news agency reports that a 30-page indictment accuses the men of "voluntary homicide".

It says they have all been referred to the military court for trial.

The indictment says five people "formed a criminal gang and implemented a criminal project" and underlines that the actions are punishable by death under the Lebanese penal code.

Hezbollah, which has both a political and military wing, handed a man over to Lebanese authorities 10 days after Private Rooney was killed.

According to the indictment some of the accused "were heard saying 'we are from Hezbollah,' and calling each other via walkie-talkies".

Of the five people named in the indictment, only one person is in custody.

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