Earlier this week, the Lebanese Judge – Saqr Saqr – formally filed charges against the Israeli Army over the killing of a Spanish soldier that was deployed with the U.N. Peacekeeping Forces.
According to the eyewitness reports from the Israeli-Lebanese border, the Spanish soldier – Cpl. Francisco Javier Soria Toledo – was killed on January 28th, 2015 when an indiscriminate mortar shell was fired from an Israeli military post near the village of Ghajjar.
While there are no culprits at-the-moment, the Lebanese Security Forces will apply the charges to any Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier that was involved in this murder.
A judicial source told The Daily Star that a preliminary investigation conducted by a joint committee comprised of personnel from the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, the United Nations and the Lebanese government was referred to Saqr, who in turn referred it to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida.
“Israel didn’t cooperate with the investigation,” the source said, adding that Lebanese authorities are compelled to press charges, even if the guilty parties are unknown since the incident occurred on Lebanese territory.