Bolton: Syrian, Hezbolah officials will be inicted by STL

In an article published in the Al-Hayat newspaper on Monday in which he criticized president Barack Obama Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton speculated that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Prosecutor (Daniel Bellemare) will soon release the indictments in the investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and said “It is almost certain that high ranking Syrian and Hezbollah officials will be accused of the crime.”

Bolton also predicted that the indictment could lead to another war between Hezbollah and Israel and that Syria may join the war this time .

He also said that while all this is going on Obama seems to be absent over this matter without being on vacation.

Tensions in Lebanon have been simmering for months as it has become increasingly apparent the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon is leaning toward charging Hezbollah , the Shiite Muslim group with killing Mr. Hariri on Valentine’s Day 2005.

The massive, 1,000 kilogram, car bomb that killed Mr. Hariri as he traveled along Beirut’s fashionable seaside Corniche, left a crater 10 meters deep, knocked down several buildings and killed 21 other people, in addition to killing the billionaire tycoon who had rebuilt war-shattered Beirut.

Lebanese politicians fear any indictment of Hezbollah members for the killing could lead to a situation where the group might militarily seize large parts of Lebanon, just it they did in May 2008, when it briefly grabbed control of the western part of Beirut and tried, but failed, to occupy the Druze stronghold of Mt. Lebanon.

For months now, rumors have hinted UN investigators have uncovered evidence a Hezbollah hit-squad carried out the killing.

Hezbollah’s leaders have denied the charge.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also warned all Lebanese last November not to assist UN investigators, saying to do so would be tantamount to an attack on his movement.

Mr. Nasrallah vowed to “cut off the hand” of anyone who tried to arrest a Hezbollah fighter.

  • PROPHET.T

    I Thought the STL indictment is so secret that no one knows what is in it. At least this is what Bellermare,and March 14 gang say all the time.lol
    Do they still insist on waiting for the indictment to come out?

    • 7akibalash

      bolton said : “It is almost certain that high ranking Syrian and Hezbollah officials will be accused of the crime.”
      this sounds like a speculation.
      by the way, you sound like a hizbilkhara mouth piece.
      learn english little boy the disclaimer in that sentence is the word “almost”.

    • 7akibalash

      “John Bolton speculated” did you run right over that part too? to drum up some sympathy and conspiracy theories for hizbilkhara?

  • PROPHET.T

    I Thought the STL indictment is so secret that no one knows what is in it. At least this is what Bellermare,and March 14 gang say all the time.lol
    Do they still insist on waiting for the indictment to come out?

  • PROPHET.T

    I Thought the STL indictment is so secret that no one knows what is in it. At least this is what Bellermare,and March 14 gang say all the time.lol
    Do they still insist on waiting for the indictment to come out?

    • Anonymous

      bolton said : “It is almost certain that high ranking Syrian and Hezbollah officials will be accused of the crime.”
      this sounds like a speculation.
      by the way, you sound like a hizbilkhara mouth piece.
      learn english little boy the disclaimer in that sentence is the word “almost”.

    • Anonymous

      “John Bolton speculated” did you run right over that part too? to drum up some sympathy and conspiracy theories for hizbilkhara?

  • PROPHET.T

    I Thought the STL indictment is so secret that no one knows what is in it. At least this is what Bellermare,and March 14 gang say all the time.lol
    Do they still insist on waiting for the indictment to come out?

  • nabilabuzaid

    Mr. Bolton why don’t just be quiet and let the STL decide. The more people like you come out and say things, then it only drive speculations that many are interfering in the STL work. I am sick and tired of hearing about the freakin STL being independent. I just read it was postponed because of the Saudi King health issues and if the STL is being independently making its decision then why all the wait and being pressured not in accuse Syrian officials. However with the way Syria and Hezbollah and Iran reacting to it to the STL and the way they keep threatening strife against Lebanese it only further my beliefs they’re behind the assasinations of many leaders including Hariri. No I don’t have a proof, but why are you threatening lebanese on daily basis. If no one is wanting to fight you, then why do you want to kill us?

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Bolton why don’t just be quiet and let the STL decide. The more people like you come out and say things, then it only drive speculations that many are interfering in the STL work. I am sick and tired of hearing about the freakin STL being independent. I just read it was postponed because of the Saudi King health issues and if the STL is being independently making its decision then why all the wait and being pressured not in accuse Syrian officials. However with the way Syria and Hezbollah and Iran reacting to it to the STL and the way they keep threatening strife against Lebanese it only further my beliefs they’re behind the assasinations of many leaders including Hariri. No I don’t have a proof, but why are you threatening lebanese on daily basis. If no one is wanting to fight you, then why do you want to kill us?