'Evidence links Hizbullah to 2005 Hariri assassination'

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. publishes details of previously unreported phone records that allegedly link the group to murder.

November 22, 2010 10:41
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Slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

311_Rafik Hariri. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) published a report on Sunday night implicating Hizbullah in  the 2005 murder of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, with what is portrayed by the publishers as clear evidence.

The report details aspects of the ongoing investigation which allegedly strongly link Hizbullah to the murder via an intricate Lebanese network of mobile phones.

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According to CBC, a now-deceased Lebanese police officer, Wissam Eid, discovered the network through a detailed analysis of records and provided the information to the UN investigators in 2008. The results point "overwhelmingly" to Hizbullah's involvement, they say, showing the members of the group were in frequent contact on the day of the attack and coordinated the detonation.

The report also uncovers what appear to be blunders in the handling of the case over the last several years, which suggest that the "evidence" in question should have been looked into several years ago. However, it is possible that the phone record links are not strong enough to stand up as evidence in court.

The UN tribunal investigating the assassination is expected to issue indictments in the case towards the end of the year, or in early 2011.

Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly called for a boycott of the investigation and issued threats against any members of his group being indicted. He has also accused Israel of being behind the 2005 attack.

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