UN Special Tribunal to probe Israeli role in Rafik Hariri murder


The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon will investigate intelligence gathered by Hezbollah which the militant group says implicates Israel in the February 14 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Hariri and 22 others were killed, and many more wounded, when the former leader’s convoy was shattered in a massive bomb blast, which the Bush administration at the time labelled “a terrorist attack.” On Friday Hezbollah agreed to provide Lebanese authorities with the intelligence which it presented at a press conference in Beirut earlier in the week.
On Thursday the current Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, son of the slain leader (pictured with his late father) described the Hezbollah material as "important and very sensitive." He said the tribunal should investigate the claims of Israel’s involvement as they “reflected the views of many in Lebanon.” "I personally am in favor of a deep discussion of the details, because it is very important to me to find out the truth both as prime minister and as Rafik Hariri's son," the prime minister was quoted by the Lebanese daily newspaper as-Safir as saying.

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