maandag 22 november 2010

Israel moet Hezbollah en het Hariritribunaal goed blijven volgen

 

 

  

Report: Hezbollah linked to Hariri murder

 

 

Canadian Broadcasting Corp says Lebanese police officer and UN investigators unearthed extensive circumstantial evidence implicating Syrian-backed movement in February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister. UN faulted for misplacing vital piece of evidence

 

Yitzhak Benhorin Published:  11.22.10, 10:19 / Israel News 

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WASHINGTON - Hezbollah is responsible for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This conclusion, based on circumstantial evidence, has been unearthed by United Nations investigators and a Lebanese officer, who was assassinated following the revelations, according to an investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

 

 

According to the report, the UN International Independent Investigation Commission's findings are based on an elaborate examination of Lebanese phone records. They suggest that Hezbollah men communicated with the owners of cell phones allegedly used to coordinate the detonation that killed Hariri and 22 others in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

 

 

Threats

 

Nasrallah: We'll hurt regime if charged with Hariri murder / Roee Nahmias

 

Hezbollah chief threatens 'major political change' in Lebanon if international tribunal implicates Shiite group members

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The Lebanese and UN phone analysis was obtained by CBC and shared with The Washington Post. According to the Washington Post, the revelations are likely to add to speculation that a UN prosecutor plans to indict members of Hezbollah by the end of the year.

 

 

The Head of the UN tribunal, Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, declined a request to comment and told CBC that the investigation's findings would be presented at the international court.

 

 

According to the Washington Post, the latest findings mark a major development in an investigation. CBC uncovered an internal UN document indicating that a top Lebanese intelligence official, Colonel Wissam al-Hassan, was considered by some UN sleuths as a potential suspect in Hariri's murder.

 

 

Suspect not investigated

Hassan, who serves as Lebanon's key liaison with the UN investigators, oversaw security for Hariri at the time of the assassination but had taken the day off to take an examination at a university.

 

Het ziet er naar uit, dat Libanon alles uit de kast haalt om te voorkomen dat Hezbollah echt beschuldigd gaat worden voor de moord op Hariri.

Nu blijkt dat een alibi van een lijfwacht van Hariri ten tijde van de moordpartij boterzacht is, maar niet nagetrokken wordt.

Ook blijk, dat de bescherming van een getuige van de moord te wensen overliet en dat die getuige vermoord is.

Maar er duiken toch, ondanks deze obstructie zowel door Libanon als het VN-tribunaal, steeds meer bewijzen op tegen Hezbollah.

Zo is nu aangetoond door  communicatielijnen van mobiele telefoons rondom de moordaanslag bloot te leggen, dat Hezbollah de leiding had bij de moord op Hariri.

Hezbollah heeft onlangs gedreigd de Libanese regering te zullen instabiliseren als ze het werkelijk op beschuldiging van Hezbollah aankomt.

Ook heeft Hezbollah al getracht de aandacht van het proces af te leiden door op Israelische militairen te schieten.

Dit alles heeft niet tot de gewenste resultaten voor Hezbollah geleid en Israel moet alert blijven omdat een provocatie van Israel altijd een (voorlopige) uitweg kan opleveren.

MS

 

Ynet 22/10/10

 

Report: Hezbollah linked to Hariri murder

Canadian Broadcasting Corp says Lebanese police officer and UN investigators unearthed extensive circumstantial evidence implicating Syrian-backed movement in February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister. UN faulted for misplacing vital piece of evidence

Yitzhak Benhorin

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11.22.10, 10:19 / Israel News

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WASHINGTON - Hezbollah is responsible for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This conclusion, based on circumstantial evidence, has been unearthed by United Nations investigators and a Lebanese officer, who was assassinated following the revelations, according to an investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

 

According to the report, the UN International Independent Investigation Commission's findings are based on an elaborate examination of Lebanese phone records. They suggest that Hezbollah men communicated with the owners of cell phones allegedly used to coordinate the detonation that killed Hariri and 22 others in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

The Lebanese and UN phone analysis was obtained by CBC and shared with The Washington Post. According to the Washington Post, the revelations are likely to add to speculation that a UN prosecutor plans to indict members of Hezbollah by the end of the year.

 

The Head of the UN tribunal, Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, declined a request to comment and told CBC that the investigation's findings would be presented at the international court.

 

According to the Washington Post, the latest findings mark a major development in an investigation. CBC uncovered an internal UN document indicating that a top Lebanese intelligence official, Colonel Wissam al-Hassan, was considered by some UN sleuths as a potential suspect in Hariri's murder.

 

Suspect not investigated

Hassan, who serves as Lebanon's key liaison with the UN investigators, oversaw security for Hariri at the time of the assassination but had taken the day off to take an examination at a university.

 

An internal UN memo, dated March 10, 2008, said Hassan's "alibi is weak and inconsistent" and recommended that he be "investigated quietly" to determine whether he played a role in Hariri's killing. The CBC report states that the recommendation was not implemented and that Hassan was not questioned.

 

The report obtained by the Canadian network faults the UN for misplacing a vital piece of evidence - a complex analysis of Lebanese phone records that allegedly pinpointed the phones used by Hariri's killers - in the early months of the investigation.

 

The UN commission is also criticized for failing to provide sufficient security for a key Lebanese officer, Colonel Wissam Eid, who was killed after helping the UN unravel the crime mystery.

 

Eid, a former student of computer engineering, had conducted a review of the call records of all cell phones that had been used in the vicinity of the Hotel St. George, where Hariri's convoy was bombed, the Washington Post reported.

 

He quickly established a network of "red" phones that had been used by the hit squad, established links with other small phone networks he suspected of being involved in planning the operation, and traced all the networks back to a landline at Hezbollah's Great Prophet Hospital in South Beirut, and a handful of government-issued cell phones set aside for Hezbollah.

 

"The Eid report was entered into the UN's database by someone who either didn't understand it or didn't care enough to bring it forward. It disappeared," CBC said.

 

According to the report, it would be another year and a half before a team of British investigators, working for the UN, discovered Eid's paper and contacted him. Eight days later, he was killed in a car bomb.

 

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