Today, the United States offered a reward of $ 10 million to anyone who gave information about Lebanese Hezbollah member Salim Ayyash, who was convicted of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005.
The "Rewards for Justice" program of the US State Department said that the reward would be given in exchange for "information leading to the location or identification of Ayyash," or "information that would prevent him from engaging in an international terrorist operation against an American person or US property."
In addition to his condemnation of the killing of Hariri, the US State Department stated that Ayyash also planned to harm American soldiers.
Last December, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon - established by the United Nations - convicted Ayyash in absentia for the murder of Hariri, and sentenced him to life imprisonment, and the court said it would also try Ayyash for 3 attacks that targeted Lebanese politicians.
Ayyash is believed to be in hiding in Lebanon, and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah refused to hand him over.