UN: Hizb Allah behind Hariri assassination

Posted: May 23, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Terrorism

Rafiq Hariri

DID YOU NOT see this coming? According to several news reports, UN’s investigative committee holds evidence of terrorist group’s involvement in assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri – Lebanon’s late Prime Minister. According to yet unnamed evidence, Lebanon’s Hizb Allah – the organization that pushed Lebanon into suicidal war with Israel in 2006 – is behind the murder.

German Der Spiegel – the newspaper that brought the sensational news to light – says that investigators detected several cell phones, all bought at the same time, allegedly by Hizb Allah’s “special forces”. Moreover, UN investigators allegedly identified one of the suspects as “Abd al-Majid Ghamlush, from the town of Rumin, a Hezbollah member who had completed training course in Iran”.

In addition, Spiegel adds that a chief investigator in the case was murdered – once again, allegedly – by Hizb Allah.

Captain Eid’s team eventually identified eight mobile phones, all of which had been purchased on the same day in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. They were activated six weeks before the assassination, and they were used exclusively for communication among their users and — with the exception of one case — were no longer used after the attack. They were apparently tools of the hit team that carried out the terrorist attack.

But there was also a "second circle of hell," a network of about 20 mobile phones that were identified as being in proximity to the first eight phones noticeably often. According to the Lebanese security forces, all of the numbers involved apparently belong to the "operational arm" of Hezbollah, which maintains a militia in Lebanon that is more powerful than the regular Lebanese army. While part of the Party of God acts like a normal political organization, participating in democratic elections and appointing cabinet ministers, the other part uses less savory tactics, such as abductions near the Israeli border and terrorist attacks, such those committed against Jewish facilities in South America in 2002 and 2004.

It would be interesting to see how such revelations would affect Hizb Allah’s political stance in Lebanon. After all, most analysts predict Hizb Allah’s parliament seats to rise from 14 it currently holds. Yet, Hariri was dearly beloved by many in Lebanon, his assassination triggering massive protests in Beirut.

No doubt, Hizb Allah’s chief – Hassan Nasrallah – will deny the allegations, trying to save face of his terrorist/political group; UN is still to exhibit damning evidence – which certainly will be branded as propaganda by Lebanon’s radicals.

It is unclear if UN’s data would convince many in Lebanon. Support for Hizb Allah is great, particularly after its perceived triumph in war with Israel. Yet, after 1,100 dead and thousands wounded, there is great animosity towards Nasrallah’s group. According to several reports, Hizb Allah is still to make good on its promise to reimburse Lebanese civilians for homes lost during the war.

No doubt, within days – even hours – we might see response from Nasrallah. The propaganda/lies card will be played first.

  1. […] MY PREDICTION of Hizb Allah’s Hassan Nasrallah trying to weasel out of accusations of being behind […]

  2. I remember that article – it wasn’t PM, it was an anti-Syria MP. Honestly, it’s possible that many in Lebanon knew – especially anti-Hizb Allah groups. Still, to many outsiders its news.

  3. rolandhesz says:

    I have read an interview with the current PM – or is there a new one since then? It was some times ago -, and there was a hint at this possibility. The kind of hint that says “we all know but you know, we want to live”.
    I remember I shared it on plurk too, it was about the PM using Facebook to connect with the people.

  4. […] Der Spiegel, reporting that according to UN investigators, Hassan Nasrallah’s organization was behind the murder of late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri. Nasrallah scorned at the revelations, claiming the […]

  5. Well, not to me. As far as I knew, many thought Syria was behind it, but not many thought an organization within Lebanon was responsible.

  6. rolandhesz says:

    I thought it was common knowledge that they did it.

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