'Hizbullah gave Hariri footage to UN'

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 17, 2010 17:16

Lebanese PM calls for "democratic dialogue" amid int'l probe.

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Slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

311_Rafik Hariri. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Hizbullah has handed over material it says implicates Israel in the 2005 assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri, a Lebanese judicial official said Tuesday.

The official says the guerrilla group gave the footage to Lebanon's prosecutor general on Tuesday. The prosecutor then handed it over to the international tribunal investigating Hariri's death.

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The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly.

There are concerns that if the tribunal indicts Hizbullah members in the killing, it could spark riots between the Sunni supporters of Hariri and Shi'ite followers of Hizbullah.

Late Monday night, meanwhile, incumbent Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri called for "calm speech" and "democratic dialogue," according to a Reuters report.

Hariri, the son of the slain prime minister, said that he wanted to know who was responsible for the 2005 murder of his father, but that he also wanted stability for Lebanon.

"Dialogue cannot succeed with the accusations of treason and with repeated calls for tests of patriotism and nationalism," said the Lebanese prime minister.

Last week, Hizbullah presented alleged Israeli aerial reconnaissance footage it intercepted and other material during a televised news conference.


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