Erdogan: Hizbullah not connected to Hariri murder

"Hizbullah claims to be spirit of resistance in Lebanon; organization supports Syria-Saudi initiative," Turkish PM quoted as saying.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 29, 2010 11:47
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that "nobody can think that Hizbullah has a connection to the assassination of [former Lebanese prime minister] Rafik Hariri" Lebanese daily A-Safir reported Monday.

In a conversation with reporters on his way back to Turkey after his last visit to Lebanon he addressed his meeting with the Hizbullah and the issue of the International Court and said that "Hizbullah says that it is the spirit of resistance in Lebanon and even goes as far as to use the term 'martyr al-Hariri."

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"No one can think that Hibullah has a connection to the murder. The organization even supports a Syria-Saudi Arabia initiative to ease the tension. "

The leader of Hizbullah, Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday that evidence believed to be held by UN investigators implicating his militant group in the death of the former Lebanese prime minister is worthless.

The Netherlands-based tribunal investigating the murder is expected to issue indictments possibly as soon as this month.

The court has kept silent on possible suspects but several media reports including a May 2008 report by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine said the court will indict Hizbullah members based mainly on the analysis of mobile phone calls in the run-up to Hariri's assassination.


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