Posts Tagged: Hariri


9
Dec 10

LEBANON’S P.M. SAAD AL- HARIRI: ISRAEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILURE OF PEACE PROCESS [VIDEO]

Israel is the main reason why the peace process in the Middle East failed, insists Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Saad Al-Hariri.


Intifada Palestine


4
Dec 10

REVELATIONS ON HARIRI ASSASSINATION EXAMINED BY IRANIAN TV

Voltairenet.org

Iranian public television dedicated a special two-hour programme to the latest revelations outed by Russian magazine Odnako on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

Moussa Kassir, a Lebanese political scientist member of Hezbollah, recalled that Hariri’s armoured vehicle had been developed by Mercedes-Benz, using rare metals. The company prided itself on the car’s resistance to conventional attacks, to the point of offering a 20 million dollar insurance in the event of its destruction by TNT-type explosifs. Only the German-made weapon resulting from a combination of nanotechnology and nuclear technology would be capable of shattering such materials.

Participating through video-conference, Lebanese general Hicham Jaber, a military expert of international fame who is frequently consulted by Western media, confirmed one by one all the facts exposed by Thierry Meyssan. According to Jaber, the shape of the crater leaves no room for doubt: a missile was used to carry out the attack, while the traces of radioactivity deriving from enriched uranium are unequivocal proof that the missile employed coincides with the German weapon evoked by Mr. Meyssan.

Source: Voltairenet.org

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Intifada Palestine


24
Nov 10

Deputy admits possibility Hezbollah murdered Hariri

YNet reports:

A Hezbollah parliament member, Walid Sukkarieh, made an unusual statement Wednesday and said that “even if Hezbollah murdered Rafik Hariri, we have no interest in destroying Lebanon,” the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat reported.

Here’s the original Asharq al-Awsat story - which is its top headline at the moment. He gave the statement after the release of the sensational CBC documentary on Hariri’s assassination, which has been covered extensively in the Arabic press.

(h/t Joel)



Elder of Ziyon


23
Nov 10

Full video: CBC implicates Hezbollah for Hariri murder

The video of the CBC story I mentioned yesterday:

(h/t Islamo-nazism blog)



Elder of Ziyon


22
Nov 10

The Evidence That Shows Hezbollah’s Involvement In The Murder Of Rafik Hariri

Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) features an entensive report on Who killed Lebanon’s Rafik Hariri?, noting in particular how one man laid the groundwork for uncovering Hezbollah’s involvement in the murder, after the UN’s own failure to investigate properly:

It wasn’t until late 2007 that the awkwardly titled UN International Independent Investigation Commission actually got around to some serious investigating.

By then, nearly three years had passed since the spectacular public murder of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

According to the report, after the UN was unable to get any solid leads, it was Capt. Wissam Eid who alone assembled the evidence that showed Hezbollah’s involvement
. He got the phone records of all of the cellphones registered with the cell towers in the area of the explosion, deleting those of those who were killed, in Hariri’s entourage and those with alibis-resulting in a list of the ‘red’ phones used by the actual hit team. He then traced which cellphone towers the red phones had used prior to the assassination and was able to determine that the people using them had been tracking Hariri.

Eid also discovered that each person with a red phone had a secondary phone, used to contact network of phones that had existed for at least a year-this was called the ‘blue’ network

The big break came when an electronics specialist working for Hezbollah-Abd al Majid al Ghamloush-used one of the blue phones. That slip led Eid to 2 brothers, Hussein and Mouin Khreis. Not only were both of them Hezbollah operatives-one of them had been at the site of the explosion.

Capt. Eid was able to continue identifying phones associated with the hit team and uncovered a third network-the ‘yellows’-which constituted a longer-term surveillance team.

All this led to the discovery that everything he uncovered connected to land lines inside Hezbollah’s Great Prophet Hospital in South Beirut, where Hezbollah is believed to have a command center. Furthermore, it was possible to identify a network of ‘pink phones’ that communicated with both the hospital and the other networks.

The pink phones themselves were issued by the Lebanese government-and when the record for these phones was obtained from the ministry of communications, it was found that in a long column of 6 digit numbers there were 4 which were highlighted, and beside them in Arabic was the word “Hezbollah”.

It was at this point that Eid was contacted by Hezbollah, which claimed that some of the phones he was investigating were being used by Hezbollah as part of a counter-espionage operation against Mossad spy agency-and that he needed to back off.

That veiled warning was followed by a failed attempt to kill Lt.-Col Shehadeh, Eid’s boss.
On January 25, 2008, Eid himself was murdered in an explosion.

The Washington Post notes that the CBC has been warned by a U.N. attorney that he would inform the Canadian authorities that the news agency had obtained privileged U.N. documents. Considering the fact that the UN at one point lost track of Eid’s findings and that they failed to anticipate the danger he was in, it is understandable why the UN would not want details to leak out.

The other question of course is to what degree Syria and Iran are involved in the murder of Hariri-Hezbollah does not blow its nose, let alone its enemies, without the approval of its backers. But at this point, considering how the UN has allowed the trail to grow cold, it is unlikely that any linkage will be made.

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Daled Amos


22
Nov 10

Who killed Rafik Hariri?

(Scott)

Israel Matzav has posted the video of Neil Macdonald’s CBC report on the UN investigation into the February 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. The CBC has posted Macdonald’s report in four parts with this summary:

Among other things, CBC News has learned that:

* Evidence gathered by Lebanese police and, much later, the UN, points overwhelmingly to the fact that the assassins were from Hezbollah, the militant Party of God that is largely sponsored by Syria and Iran. CBC News has obtained cellphone and other telecommunications evidence that is at the core of the case.

* UN investigators came to believe their inquiry was penetrated early by Hezbollah and that that the commission’s lax security likely led to the murder of a young, dedicated Lebanese policeman who had largely cracked the case on his own and was co-operating with the international inquiry.

* UN commission insiders also suspected Hariri’s own chief of protocol at the time, a man who now heads Lebanon’s intelligence service, of colluding with Hezbollah. But those suspicions, laid out in an extensive internal memo, were not pursued, basically for diplomatic reasons.

Here is the video that briefly summarizes Macdonald’s report linked above. The investigatory materials summarized by Macdonald identify Hezbollah as the responsible party and point a finger of suspicion at the man who is the current head of Lebanese intelligence. BackSpin comments: “I hope the BBC — which timidly shelved its own documentary on the assassination — watches this video.”




Power Line


22
Nov 10

Must-read CBC report shows Hezbollah murdered Hariri

CBC’s Neil MacDonald has produced a great piece of investigative journalism that describes the Hariri murder investigation as well as the stonewalling being done by some of the leaders of that very investigation.

In short, the evidence is overwhelming that Hezbollah was behind the murder, but the commission has shown timidity and worse in investigating it.

Excerpts:

It wasn’t until late 2007 that the awkwardly titled UN International Independent Investigation Commission actually got around to some serious investigating.

By then, nearly three years had passed since the spectacular public murder of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

A months-long CBC investigation, relying on interviews with multiple sources from inside the UN inquiry and some of the commission’s own records, found examples of timidity, bureaucratic inertia and incompetence bordering on gross negligence.

Among other things, CBC News has learned that:

Evidence gathered by Lebanese police and, much later, the UN, points overwhelmingly to the fact that the assassins were from Hezbollah, the militant Party of God that is largely sponsored by Syria and Iran. CBC News has obtained cellphone and other telecommunications evidence that is at the core of the case.

UN investigators came to believe their inquiry was penetrated early by Hezbollah and that that the commission’s lax security likely led to the murder of a young, dedicated Lebanese policeman who had largely cracked the case on his own and was co-operating with the international inquiry.

UN commission insiders also suspected Hariri’s own chief of protocol at the time, a man who now heads Lebanon’s intelligence service, of colluding with Hezbollah. But those suspicions, laid out in an extensive internal memo, were not pursued, basically for diplomatic reasons.

Read the whole thing.

(h/t t34zakat)



Elder of Ziyon


26
Oct 10

Ut oh: Saudis push Lebanese PM Hariri to quit, Lebanon near abyss

This is not good.  The Saudis want Lebanon handed over to the Syrians:

In a sudden about-face, the Saudis Monday, Oct. 25, urged Lebanon’s pro-Western Prime Minister Saad Hariri to step down without delay and make way for an administration dominated by pro-Syrian ministers and Hizballah. King Abdullah, according to DEBKAfile’s Middle East and Beirut sources, sees no other way of saving Lebanon from tipping over into civil strife over Hizballah’s demand to disband the international tribunal probing the 2005 murder of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

Last week, Hariri confided to US Deputy Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman he was close to resigning and giving way to the Saudi King, long a friend of the Hariri family, now siding with its antagonists. When Riyadh saw he was sticking to his guns, the Saudi mouthpiece Asharq al-Awsat published an article of a sort rarely seen in the Arab media telling the Lebanese prime minister in no uncertain terms that he had choice in the matter. Chief Editor Tariq Alhomayed warned Saad Hariri that he had run out of options and the only thing left him was to follow his father’s example and resign as prime minister as Rafiq Hariri did in late 2004.  (A few months later, Rafiq Hariri was assassinated in Beirut.)

I guess all that bowing and stuff that Barry did really did just show weakness.  Thought so at the time …

Liberty Pundits Blog


24
Aug 10

UN tribunal: Hezbollah’s evidence in Hariri case “incomplete”

While “squabbles” erupted in the streets of Beirut in Lebanon, the UN tribunal says that Hezbollah’s evidence in the Hariri case is far from complete.

As you might remember Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind the Hariri assassination. During a press conference he showed several clips of aerial views of various areas in Lebanon that he alleged were intercepted from unmanned Israeli surveillance drones. The clips included footage of several sites in Lebanon that also show the area where Hariri was assassinated, but were not from the same year.

In response to the request of the Office of the Prosecutor, on 17 August 2010, Hezbollah officials hand-delivered to the Prosecutor General of Lebanon an envelope containing six DVDs. This material was handed over to the Office of the Prosecutor on the same day.

But now it appears that the evidence presented by Hezbollah in the case of the 2005 assassination of Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri is incomplete, since the material that was handed over is limited to the material shown during the 9 August 2010 press conference and does not contain “the rest of the evidence” that Nasrallah referred to in his press conference.

In a press statement the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon requests additional information and evidence held by Nasrallah:

The information received will be thoroughly assessed. This can properly be done only if it is based on a complete record. This is why the Office of the Prosecutor has requested the Lebanese authorities to provide the remaining material to which the Secretary General of Hezbollah referred to in his press conference of 9 August 2010 without delay.

Elder of Ziyon