CBC: Hezbollah Killed Hariri



By: ELAD BENARI  
Published: November 22nd 2010
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Memorial shrine for Rafik Hariri

An investigation by the CBC has concluded that Hezbollah was responsible for the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

 

The documentary by CBC’s Neil Macdonald, which will air Monday evening on The National, will present this conclusion which is based on circumstantial evidence and was unearthed by United Nations investigators and a Lebanese officer who was assassinated following the revelations.

 

The report says that the UN International Independent Investigation Commission based its findings on an examination of Lebanese phone records, which suggest that Hezbollah men communicated with the owners of cell phones allegedly used to coordinate the February 14, 2005 explosion that killed Hariri and 22 others.

 

As Prime Minister of Lebanon, Hariri made it his mission to restore Lebanon's mercantile leadership, reported CBC. He had the courage to stand up against Syria and its occupation of Lebanon, and after his murder the fingers were pointed at Syria, assuming that it murdered Hariri for opposing Damascus. Pressure on the UN by the U.S. and France led to the establishment of an inquiry committee into the assassination.

 

The CBC investigation relied on interviews with multiple sources from inside the UN inquiry and some of the commission's own records. Among other things, CBC News has learned that evidence gathered by Lebanese police and the UN points overwhelmingly to the fact that the assassins were from Hezbollah.

 

The report also says that UN investigators came to believe their inquiry was penetrated early by Hezbollah which resulted in the murder of a Lebanese policeman who had largely cracked the case on his own and was co-operating with the international inquiry.

 

As well, CBC uncovered an internal UN document indicating that a top Lebanese intelligence official, Colonel Wissam al-Hassan, who was considered by some UN sleuths as a potential suspect in Hariri's murder, was never investigated, despite the fact that his alibi for the time of the assassination (he claimed he took the day off for an examination at a university) was called “weak and inconsistent” and the inquiry recommended that he be “investigated quietly” to determine whether he played a role in Hariri's killing.

 

The CBC shared its findings with The Washington Post, which reported that the revelations are likely to add to speculation that a UN prosecutor plans to indict members of Hezbollah for the murder by the end of the year.

 

However, Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, who stands at the Head of the UN tribunal, declined to comment and told CBC that the investigation's findings would be presented at the international court.



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