View Full Version : German has no info on Hezbollah involvement in Hariri murder

Mohammad Shahjahan
05-26-2009, 04:53 AM
The German embassy in Beirut said Monday that its government has no information about the report of a German weekly on Hezbollah's involvement in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, local Elnashra website reported.
The International Tribunal is independent, said the statement of the embassy, denying any information on what was published in German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.
The English version of the German weekly published Saturday a report that the UN commission investigating the Hariri murder had new evidence that the Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah, not Syria, planned and executed the Beirut car bombing on Feb. 14, 2005, which killed Hariri and 22 others.
However, Hezbollah rejected the claims of the report, saying it was "pure fabrication aimed at influencing election campaign in Lebanon and deflecting attention from the uncovered Israel-linked spying networks."

Over 20 Lebanese suspects were detained since April by the Lebanese security on charges of working for the Israeli secret service.

Meanwhile, the Beirut office of Daniel Bellemare, head of the UN investigation commission, issued a statement on Monday, saying that the prosecutor had been and will continue to attach great importance to the support of the integrity of the investigations, especially the secrecy of the probe.

A report that Hezbollah was behind the 2005 assassination of Hariri is viewed by local analysts as a "dangerous claim," which could spark civil disputes while Lebanon is preparing for the upcoming elections in an atmosphere of high tension.