'Blame on Hizbullah for Hariri hit'

Nasrallah says UN tribunal will implicate his group in assassination.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 22, 2010 22:16
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Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah (AP).

nasrallah 311. (photo credit: AP)

Hizbullah's spiritual leader Hassan Nasrallah Thursday announced that a UN tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri would likely implicate Hizbullah members of involvement in the murder.

"I was personally informed by Prime Minister [Saad] Hariri [son of the slain Rafik Hariri] that the tribunal will accuse undisciplined members" of Hizbullah, Nassrallah was quoted by AFP as saying in a video-based press conference.

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Earlier in July, Nasrallah had attacked the tribunal's impending charges against his group as "fabricated."

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When the UN tribunal was established in 2006, many in Lebanon alleged that Hizbullah was seeking to have it quashed.

Saad Hariri’s pro-Western faction has increasingly made statements supportive of Hizbullah – which wields veto power within his government coalition – and reached out to Syria as part of a complicated political dance in the fractious country. Before his trip to Washington, Hariri stopped in Damascus for consultations with Syrian President Basher Assad.

Hilary Leila Kreiger contributed to this report.


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