Men disguised as women attacked STL investigators, report

According to reports by the local MTV station most of the women who attacked the two investigators affiliated with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) were clad in veils with their faces covered, and were believed to be men dressed in women clothes.

The attack took place when the investigators started questioning some women at the Sharara clinic which is located in Dhahiya, a Hezbollah stronghold south of the capital, Beirut .

STL was created to try the killers of Lebanon’s former PM Rafik Hariri who was assassinated in 2005.

Tension escalated in Lebanon following reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Last July, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL to support his claim. Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have been calling for the abolition of STL.

Some leaders like MP Walid Jumblatt are concerned that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni strife, but others disagree since Hezbollah and its allies the Syrian backed Palestinian militants are the only armed militias in Lebanon.

The two STL investigators and their translator were entering the Sharara clinic, when some 150 women blocked them from proceeding any further, according to local television stations.

Lebanese Dr. Iman Sharara speaks to journalists in her clinic, south of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.
Iman Sharara, who runs the clinic, and is believed to have close links with Hezbollah, said the investigators who came to her office had previously scheduled the appointment and that they “wanted to know the phone numbers of some 14 to 17 people who had visited her clinic since 2003.”

“They asked me for the phone numbers of between 14 and 17 patients since 2003 and I told them it would take me some time to review my files,” she said

When she opened the door to inform her secretary of the files needed, Sharara said she was surprised to see the huge crowd women that stormed the waiting room although she had canceled all appointments for the morning.

The television station, which supports the March 14 majority in Parliament, said it was not the first time that investigators had visited the doctor’s clinic.

AMAL movement MP Yassin Jaber said, however, the incident was a sign the tribunal was “not welcome” in Lebanon.

Observers believe that the attack on the investigators was planned and carried by Hezbollah supporters aiming to convey to the UN tribunal in the Hague that it was unwelcome.

“The dispute with UN investigators that occurred in Dr Sharara’s clinic … is a moral scandal under the banner of searching for truth, and a blatant attack by the international investigation commission on a gynecology clinic,” the Hezbollah-run television station al-Manar said in its nightly bulletin.

Lebanese General Prosecutor Said Mirza has opened an investigation into Wednesday morning’s attack on the STL officials.

STL annoyed

According to a Lebanese judicial source the STL was annoyed by what happened and described the incident as ” very serious.”

STL Prosecutor General Daniel Bellemare’s office denounced in a statement issued on Wednesday, the “use of violence” against two of its investigators and their interpreter saying that the event will not deter the office’s investigation.

The STL’s statement said its team had obtained approval from Lebanese authorities for its visit to the doctor’s office as a “legitimate step in [the STL’s] ongoing investigation,” and that the doctor had received approval from the Beirut Order of Physicians and agreed to the meeting.

“The session with the doctor was conducted in a respectful manner. During the meeting, a large group of people showed up unexpectedly and violently attacked the investigators and their female interpreter,” the statement said.

“Several items belonging to [Bellemare’s office] staff were stolen during the attack,” it added.

The three team members were taken by the Lebanese army and received medical attention at the STL’s office in Beirut, the statement also said.

Report

Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr has asked the Ouzai police department to submit its report on Wednesday’s attack on Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) investigators in Dhahiya, National News Agency (NNA) reported on Thursday.

Hezbollah’s way

March 14 MP Jamal al-Jarrah told Future News TV on Thursday that Wednesday’s incident in Dhahiya demonstrates Hezbollah’s method of dealing with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and its investigators.

“Investigations were not going to go any further than asking for phone numbers,” said Jarrah, adding that “ Clinic owner Doctor Iman Charara had already called the Doctors Syndicate for approval before allowing the investigators to come to the clinic.”

  • ghaddad

    So these gay men dressed as women attacked the STL staff but the Army didn’t arrest one single person. So hezbollah do not know anything about it.. How could that be when they have cameras installed in every corner of Dahia? the lies and deceit and intimidations that’s their motto and they live by it. They should be ashamed calling themselves the Party Of Allah. Allah could do without such hypocrites and criminals. How can you prove your innocence when you attack the STL and Lebanese? what kind of common sense is this? and you want to tell me you’re the resistance and you want everyone to abide by the law and order but not you? they are guilty of many assassinations as hell and they’re proud of it. You can say all the bad things about Israel. But Hezbollah is acting like it and I hope they go at it and finish each other off.

    • tex78

      Lebanese woman have their dignity and no one, I mean no one, has the right to invade it. They are fed up with all the lies and false witnesses, these false witnesses should be brought to justice and then everyone will know the truth.

      Why should anyone invade their privacy after all you wouldn’t like anyone to do the same to you would you?

      Israel has a hand in a lot of mischief in Lebanon; for example all the spies that were caught red handed and so on.

      Hezbollah has defended Lebanon. Hezbollahs men lost their lives for their country, the people of Lebanon should support them and be proud of them.

      Lebanon, it’s people and it’s army, should all unite together because there is a big plot against all of Lebanon.

      • ghaddad

        these so called women were men hiding behind their clothing. These false witnesses you’re talking about were all on March 8th side and Syrians. Most of them still live under the protection of hezbollah and syria. Some of those that were involved either killed or disappeared. the only witness still on the loose is Zuhir Saddiq. The STL have indicated on many occassions their statments were not taking into accounts. So technically there are no false witnesses per say. The women being investigated are suspected of being involved in the assassination. hezbollah sacrified men for their own cause and Iran. they have sacrificed Lebanon for a long time for their own cause and Iran. Look at the history of Hezbollah. All were created by members of the revolutionary guards in Iran and it was their long term goals and vision to make them extension of Iran. You want me to praise them for instigating fights against israel and then let them have their way with us? you want me to approve their assassinations just because they fought israel? you know very well by now they are behind it and they were merciless when they killed so many people. I have no sympathy for them or their so called men dressed as women. Have any of these spies that were caught really confessed based on whose testimony? You’re so quick to accuse them but not wanting to believe the witnesses? In Lebanon and Syria they beat the crap out of you so to sign a document and say publicly you confess to a crime that you may or may not have committed. These women who are being investigated are as criminals as the men of hezbollah.

    • NAGDELLA

      Honestly ghaddad get a life. You’re such a naive human being. “gay men dressed as women”.. Do you realize how ridiculous and brainless you sound? You talk tough behind your computer screen, why don’t you go confront these “gay” men. Talk is cheap isn’t it!

      • ghaddad

        NAGDELLA I am not afraid of these gay men otherwise i would not even bother posting my name. These gay men yes hiding behind women clothing. These gay men hires somalis to fight their wars in the South. These gay men hide behind school children and even their own sect homes and shoot at the israelis so the isrealis will shoot back and make them look bad. We heard so many stories about hezbollah in many areas in the south where innocent shiites, sunnis and christians got killed because the anti-god party were shooting from there to draw Israelis fires. How many times they’ve done it in Qana.. 3 times as a matter of facts and each time they succeeded to stop Israel from bombing Lebanon. If you call these assholes brave men then you have no honor or dignity. Can you believe that Hezbollah as they said didn’t know about it? if they think they’re innocent then prove yourself not go out there and threatens to destroy Lebanon because you’re not happy with the Verdict.. they’re acting as if these the end of their world or their existence. Hell if I am not guilty i will use all peaceful means to prove my innocence. All we hear from Hezbollah is threats and civil strife. If no one lebanese want to come after you, why are you threatening civil strife? Now does this sound like an innocent party? hardly you know it and we all know it. You fall in Israel lap when your masters and their syrian masters decided to remove a man who was larger than life. They took with him many great people and after him too. What would be the intentions of Israel to Kill Samir Qassir, or the communist leader or Ghanem or other people who would not in any way cause civil strife between Lebanese? Why would Israel kill Gibran Tueni who had no political affiliations where his killing would not in any way ignite any civil strife? why would Syria use Husem Husem to trick or deceive the Investigators and March 14th then go to Syria and deny it? all his lies about some of march 14th trying to bribe him or threatened him. Do you believe all this Bullshit.. Either you’re Naive or playing plain stupid because only stupid or deceitful people would believe israel is behind all the ones i mentioned above. Let’s exclude Hariri and just mention the above.. there is no way you can convince me these people were killed by israel and israel would not waste a bullet on these people and besides they were not preaching anti-israeli message so why on earth would they kill them. Believe what you like and your people are acting like guilty as hell and its showing very clearly.

      • ghaddad

        NAGDELLA I am not afraid of these gay men otherwise i would not even bother posting my name. These gay men yes hiding behind women clothing. These gay men hires somalis to fight their wars in the South. These gay men hide behind school children and even their own sect homes and shoot at the israelis so the isrealis will shoot back and make them look bad. We heard so many stories about hezbollah in many areas in the south where innocent shiites, sunnis and christians got killed because the anti-god party were shooting from there to draw Israelis fires. How many times they’ve done it in Qana.. 3 times as a matter of facts and each time they succeeded to stop Israel from bombing Lebanon. If you call these assholes brave men then you have no honor or dignity. Can you believe that Hezbollah as they said didn’t know about it? if they think they’re innocent then prove yourself not go out there and threatens to destroy Lebanon because you’re not happy with the Verdict.. they’re acting as if these the end of their world or their existence. Hell if I am not guilty i will use all peaceful means to prove my innocence. All we hear from Hezbollah is threats and civil strife. If no one lebanese want to come after you, why are you threatening civil strife? Now does this sound like an innocent party? hardly you know it and we all know it. You fall in Israel lap when your masters and their syrian masters decided to remove a man who was larger than life. They took with him many great people and after him too. What would be the intentions of Israel to Kill Samir Qassir, or the communist leader or Ghanem or other people who would not in any way cause civil strife between Lebanese? Why would Israel kill Gibran Tueni who had no political affiliations where his killing would not in any way ignite any civil strife? why would Syria use Husem Husem to trick or deceive the Investigators and March 14th then go to Syria and deny it? all his lies about some of march 14th trying to bribe him or threatened him. Do you believe all this Bullshit.. Either you’re Naive or playing plain stupid because only stupid or deceitful people would believe israel is behind all the ones i mentioned above. Let’s exclude Hariri and just mention the above.. there is no way you can convince me these people were killed by israel and israel would not waste a bullet on these people and besides they were not preaching anti-israeli message so why on earth would they kill them. Believe what you like and your people are acting like guilty as hell and its showing very clearly.

  • Anonymous

    So these gay men dressed as women attacked the STL staff but the Army didn’t arrest one single person. So hezbollah do not know anything about it.. How could that be when they have cameras installed in every corner of Dahia? the lies and deceit and intimidations that’s their motto and they live by it. They should be ashamed calling themselves the Party Of Allah. Allah could do without such hypocrites and criminals. How can you prove your innocence when you attack the STL and Lebanese? what kind of common sense is this? and you want to tell me you’re the resistance and you want everyone to abide by the law and order but not you? they are guilty of many assassinations as hell and they’re proud of it. You can say all the bad things about Israel. But Hezbollah is acting like it and I hope they go at it and finish each other off.

    • Anonymous

      Lebanese woman have their dignity and no one, I mean no one, has the right to invade it. They are fed up with all the lies and false witnesses, these false witnesses should be brought to justice and then everyone will know the truth.

      Why should anyone invade their privacy after all you wouldn’t like anyone to do the same to you would you?

      Israel has a hand in a lot of mischief in Lebanon; for example all the spies that were caught red handed and so on.

      Hezbollah has defended Lebanon. Hezbollahs men lost their lives for their country, the people of Lebanon should support them and be proud of them.

      Lebanon, it’s people and it’s army, should all unite together because there is a big plot against all of Lebanon.

      • Anonymous

        these so called women were men hiding behind their clothing. These false witnesses you’re talking about were all on March 8th side and Syrians. Most of them still live under the protection of hezbollah and syria. Some of those that were involved either killed or disappeared. the only witness still on the loose is Zuhir Saddiq. The STL have indicated on many occassions their statments were not taking into accounts. So technically there are no false witnesses per say. The women being investigated are suspected of being involved in the assassination. hezbollah sacrified men for their own cause and Iran. they have sacrificed Lebanon for a long time for their own cause and Iran. Look at the history of Hezbollah. All were created by members of the revolutionary guards in Iran and it was their long term goals and vision to make them extension of Iran. You want me to praise them for instigating fights against israel and then let them have their way with us? you want me to approve their assassinations just because they fought israel? you know very well by now they are behind it and they were merciless when they killed so many people. I have no sympathy for them or their so called men dressed as women. Have any of these spies that were caught really confessed based on whose testimony? You’re so quick to accuse them but not wanting to believe the witnesses? In Lebanon and Syria they beat the crap out of you so to sign a document and say publicly you confess to a crime that you may or may not have committed. These women who are being investigated are as criminals as the men of hezbollah.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly ghaddad get a life. You’re such a naive human being. “gay men dressed as women”.. Do you realize how ridiculous and brainless you sound? You talk tough behind your computer screen, why don’t you go confront these “gay” men. Talk is cheap isn’t it!

      • Anonymous

        NAGDELLA I am not afraid of these gay men otherwise i would not even bother posting my name. These gay men yes hiding behind women clothing. These gay men hires somalis to fight their wars in the South. These gay men hide behind school children and even their own sect homes and shoot at the israelis so the isrealis will shoot back and make them look bad. We heard so many stories about hezbollah in many areas in the south where innocent shiites, sunnis and christians got killed because the anti-god party were shooting from there to draw Israelis fires. How many times they’ve done it in Qana.. 3 times as a matter of facts and each time they succeeded to stop Israel from bombing Lebanon. If you call these assholes brave men then you have no honor or dignity. Can you believe that Hezbollah as they said didn’t know about it? if they think they’re innocent then prove yourself not go out there and threatens to destroy Lebanon because you’re not happy with the Verdict.. they’re acting as if these the end of their world or their existence. Hell if I am not guilty i will use all peaceful means to prove my innocence. All we hear from Hezbollah is threats and civil strife. If no one lebanese want to come after you, why are you threatening civil strife? Now does this sound like an innocent party? hardly you know it and we all know it. You fall in Israel lap when your masters and their syrian masters decided to remove a man who was larger than life. They took with him many great people and after him too. What would be the intentions of Israel to Kill Samir Qassir, or the communist leader or Ghanem or other people who would not in any way cause civil strife between Lebanese? Why would Israel kill Gibran Tueni who had no political affiliations where his killing would not in any way ignite any civil strife? why would Syria use Husem Husem to trick or deceive the Investigators and March 14th then go to Syria and deny it? all his lies about some of march 14th trying to bribe him or threatened him. Do you believe all this Bullshit.. Either you’re Naive or playing plain stupid because only stupid or deceitful people would believe israel is behind all the ones i mentioned above. Let’s exclude Hariri and just mention the above.. there is no way you can convince me these people were killed by israel and israel would not waste a bullet on these people and besides they were not preaching anti-israeli message so why on earth would they kill them. Believe what you like and your people are acting like guilty as hell and its showing very clearly.

  • Fauzia45

    Those who are attacking the STL have to understand that those who have lost sons,brothers,husbands or fathers want to know who killed them!IIt is their right!!!People want to know who is behind these political assassinations!Those behind these assassination should be brought to justice ,whoever they may be!!I

    • PROPHET.T

      You sound so convinced that the STL is here to find out who actually did those killings.
      The last thing this tribunal is interested in is justice.

  • Anonymous

    Those who are attacking the STL have to understand that those who have lost sons,brothers,husbands or fathers want to know who killed them!IIt is their right!!!People want to know who is behind these political assassinations!Those behind these assassination should be brought to justice ,whoever they may be!!I

    • PROPHET.T

      You sound so convinced that the STL is here to find out who actually did those killings.

      The last thing this tribunal is interested in is justice.