'Hizbullah proof in Hariri case lacking'

UN prosecutor asks for all claimed evidence of Israeli involvement.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 25, 2010 00:06
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Slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

311_Rafik Hariri. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
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AMSTERDAM — The prosecutor in the assassination case of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said Tuesday that Hizbullah was holding back evidence it claims to have implicating Israel as the killer.

The UN-appointed prosecutor, Daniel Bellemare, said a packet of evidence handed over by the powerful Lebanese militia last week was "incomplete," and failed to add anything to what Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah disclosed at a news conference earlier this month.

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Nasrallah displayed what he said were intercepted aerial surveillance tapes that indicated Israeli intelligence had been tracking Hariri's movements before his death in a 2005 truck bomb explosion, and claimed he had more evidence against the Israelis.

Bellemare demanded that Hezbollah hand over all information relevant to his investigation. On Tuesday, his office said it had received only the six DVDs that Nasrallah already had aired, but none of "the rest of the evidence" he claimed to possess.

"This can properly be done only if it is based on a complete record," Bellemare said, asking Lebanese authorities to provide the rest of the material Nasrallah claimed to have.

The Foreign Ministry rejected Nasrallah's claims regarding Israeli involvement in Hariri's murder as "ridiculous lies."

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