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Prosecutor completes Hariri murder probe

London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat says head of special international tribunal into Lebanese prime minister's assassination has reached conclusions based on 'strong and clear evidence which cannot be undermined'

The special prosecutor probing the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has completed his investigation, although it's still unclear when the indictments will be filed.


Knowledgeable sources told London-based Arabic-language al-Sharq al-Awsat on Monday that Canadian prosecutor Daniel A. Bellemare, head of the international tribunal into the Hariri murder, "has reached findings which will allow him to file indictment based on strong and clear evidence which will be hard – if not impossible - to undermine in a court of law."


According to one of the sources, "Bellemare is familiar with all the issues and data related to the Hariri assassination and other assassinations which followed, and is more satisfied than ever with the firm results he has reached."


As for the timing of the indictments, the sources reported that "no one knows when the indictments will be filed, apart from one person – Judge Daniel Bellemare. The only thing that can be said is that the prosecutor has completed the investigation stage, which lasted almost six years."


The tribunal investigating the Hariri murder is expected to release its conclusions in the near future. According to estimates in Western media outlets, two to six Hezbollah members will be accused of committing the assassination, and the United Nations' failures throughout the investigation will be pointed out.


Hezbollah sources have implied that any accusations pointed at the Shiite group would lead to a wave of violence and a takeover of Lebanon.



פרסום ראשון: 12.27.10, 12:05
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