Nasrallah Assad Ahmadinejad 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Monday may prove to
be a decisive day for Lebanon. The special investigative commission
probing the details surrounding the assassination of former prime
minister Rafik Hariri is expected to be released Monday by the
International Court, Lebanese Labor Minister Boutros Harb announced late
According to estimations, the findings are likely to
indict a number of Hizbullah members in organizing the assassination, as
well as Syrian and Iranian government officials as well.
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Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, the central suspect in Rafik
Hariri's case, said in a speech Sunday that Israel sabatoged
negotiations following the death of Hariri, and supports the
destablization of his country.
one expect that Israel or the United States will allow an Arabic
political process to end smoothly? Never," Nasrallah said. Perhaps
knowing he faces a UN indictment, Nasrallah also went on to blame Rafik
Hariri's son, Sa'ad Hariri, in conspiring with the UN against him.
said he would not support Hariri or his party in the upcoming formation
of an new government, a process which Lebanese President Michel
Suleiman has already begun, Al-Jazeera reported Monday.
comments come less than a week after he dissolved Sa'ad Hariri's
parliment when he and ten other Hizbullah party members pulled out of
the coalition in response to Hariri's refusal to officially disregard
the International Court's investigation findings.
surrounding the death of Rafik Hariri center heavily around the
breakdown of relations between Lebanon and Syria in 2004 when Hariri
refused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's request to change the
consitution allowing then Lebanese president Émile Lahoud a third term.
also organized with former US presidsent George W. Bush and his friend
Jacques Chirac, then president of France, UN resolution 1559 which
stipulated that foreign forces, implying Syria, leave Lebanon, and that
Lebanon form a "free and fair electoral process."
Less than a year later, in September 2005, Rafik Hariri was assassinated
along with 21 others, when explosives were detonated as his motorcade
passed near the St. George Hotel in Beirut. The Economy Minitser Bassel
Fleihan and Hariri's bodyguards were among the dead. The UN News Centre had reported
in 2006 that DNA gathered at the scene revealed the bomber to be a man
in his early 20s.
Hassan Nassrallah, appearing
in an obituary speech for the deceased prime minister, called him a
shaheed, or martyr.
Following the assassination angry protests erupted in Beirut. The Syrian
army soon retreated from Lebanon after 29 years of occupation. In the
following elections, the first post-Syrian occupation, Sa'ad Hariri and
his party won.
Sa'ad was recently reported to have blamed the Syrian regime for his father's death. In a
taped conversation of UN investigator and him probing the
assassination of Rafik Hariri, Sa'ad claimed that "Assef Shawkat and
Maher (al-Assad) had a huge role in the
preparation ... in putting (Syrian President) Bashar (al-Assad) to take
The tape was aired by New TV, a news agency close
to Hizbullah, Sunday, AFP reported. Hariri also said during the tape
that UN special envoy Terje Road Larson had warned his father of the
Syrian regime, saying that "they are going to kill you."
The International Court's report into the assassination is expected to
blame Hizbullah in large part for the assassination. This would come as
part of a chain of blows that Hizbullah has sustained in the past few
years, including their loss in recent elections and also the war they
sustained with Israel in 2006.