woensdag 27 mei 2009

Nasrallah beschuldigt Israel van Hariri rapport in Der Spiegel

Natuurlijk geeft Hezbollah Israel de schuld van het bericht in Der Spiegel onlangs, waaruit blijkt dat de onderzoekers naar de dood van de Libanese ex-premier Hariri over overtuigend bewijsmateriaal beschikken dat naar Hezbollah wijst.

"The report in Der Spiegel is very, very, very dangerous," he said.

Dat heeft Nasrallah goed gezien, en daarom is hij ook zo boos. Dit zou zijn geloofwaardgiheid, populariteit en machtspositie in Libanon, kort voor de verkiezingen, ernstig kunnen aantasten, om nog maar te zwijgen van juridische acties als een en ander inderdaad blijkt te kloppen.


Israel accused over Hariri report

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has accused Israel of being behind a report in Germany's Der Spiegel implicating the movement in the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister.

"I consider the report in Der Spiegel an Israeli accusation that Hezbollah killed the martyr Rafiq Hariri and we will deal with this claim as such," Nasrallah said on Monday.
Speaking by videolink to thousands of supporters gathered in south Beirut, Nasrallah said that the report in the weekly news magazine was aimed at fomenting strife between Lebanon's Sunni and Shia Muslims.
"The report in Der Spiegel is very, very, very dangerous," he said.
The Der Spiegel report quoted an unnamed source as saying that the UN-backed tribunal into the assassination had found evidence which suggested Hezbollah had a role in attack.
Al-Hariri, a Sunni Muslim construction magnate who had been Lebanon's prime minister on two occasions, was killed with 22 other people in a bomb attack in Beirut in February 2005.

'Hezbollah link'
The Der Spiegel report quoted an unnamed source close to the UN tribunal as saying that Lebanese investigators found a link between eight mobile phones used at the time of the bombing and a network of 20 other phones belonging to Hezbollah agents.
The report named the suspected mastermind of the attack as Hajj Salim, believed to be the commander of the Islamic Resistance, Hezbollah's military wing.

Responding to the report, Israel's foreign minister said that an international arrest warrant should be issued for Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's secretary-general.
"The report in Der Spiegel on Nasrallah's direct involvement in the assassination of Hariri should raise concern in the entire international community," Avigdor Lieberman said.
"He should have an international arrest warrant issued against  him, and if not, he should be arrested by force," he said.

Syria implicated
Prior to the formation of the special tribunal, interim reports from investigators leading the UN Independent Investigation Commission suggested that Lebanese and Syrian security officials may have planned the killing of al-Hariri.
At the time of al-Hariri's death, Damascus had thousands of troops and intelligence officers deployed in Lebanon.
Widespread public anger in Lebanon after the assassination led Syria to pull its forces out of Lebanon in April 2005, ending a 29-year presence in the country.

Damascus dismissed the Der Spiegel report as "insignificant".

"I invite the prosecutor to use his prerogatives concerning these lies which undermine the international investigation," Walid Muallem, Syria's foreign minister, said.
The Der Spiegel report comes before a June 7 parliamentary election in Lebanon, in which a Western-backed parliamentary majority faces a bloc led by Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran and Syria.
"This is a pure fabrication aimed at influencing the [forthcoming Lebanese] election campaign and to deflect attention from the news about the dismantling of spy networks working for Israel," a Hezbollah statement released on al-Manar television said on Sunday.

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