sooner or later Hariri’s killers will be punished: son

hariri- saad 021413The killers of Lebanon’s former premier Rafik Hariri will be punished “sooner or later,” his son Saad said on Thursday’s eighth anniversary of his father’s death, for which four Hezbollah members are being tried in absentia.

“The (UN-backed) Special Tribunal for Lebanon is making progress and the criminals will be punished sooner or later. But is it possible that Hezbollah will continue with its ostrich policy of refusing… to surrender the accused?” he asked, in a televised address to a crowd of supporters in Beirut.

Hariri was killed along with 22 others when a massive truck bomb engulfed his motorcade on the Beirut seafront on February 14, 2005.

The tribunal, set up by a UN resolution in 2007 to probe Hariri’s death and try those responsible, issued arrest warrants last year for four members of the powerful Shiite movement and ordered them to be tried in absentia.

The trial has provisionally been scheduled to start on March 25.

Hezbollah has denied any responsibility for the attack, and its leader Hassan Nasrallah has dismissed the tribunal as a US-Israeli conspiracy, vowing that none of the suspects will be arrested.

The blood of Rafiq Hariri… is stronger than the armed factions (of Hezbollah) and stronger than the plots by Assad and Mamlouk to destroy Lebanon,” added Hariri, himself a former premier whose political group holds Damascus responsible for the killing.

He was referring to the Syrian president and his security chief, Ali Mamlouk, who Lebanon issued with an arrest warrant in absentia last week over a bomb plot in the restive north of the country.

Syria dominated Lebanon politically and militarily for nearly three decades until 2005, when its troops pulled out under international pressure following Hariri’s assassination.

His death, which followed a string of high-profile killings of people hostile to the Assad regime, plunged Lebanon into political instability, with its people divided between supporters and opponents of Syria which has been engulfed by conflict for nearly two years.

“The regime of Bashar al-Assad will certainly fall and its fall will be sensational in Syria, in the Arab world, and throughout the whole world,” Hariri said on Thursday.

New US Secretary of State John Kerry threw his support behind the UN tribunal on Thursday, saying “this act of cold-blooded mass murder sent shivers throughout the region” and sought to “undermine Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence.”

AFP

  • 5thDrawer

    Amen.

  • 5thDrawer

    Amen.

  • AntiFSA1

    If you want to find the Killer, Just look in the Mirror you animal.

    • 5thDrawer

      Tsk.

  • AntiFSA1

    If you want to find the Killer, Just look in the Mirror you animal.

    • 5thDrawer

      Tsk.

  • Prophettttt

    It was the most sectarian speech He ever delivered.Typical campaign speech with all the scare tactics.It was an election speech by all means. Scare the Sunnis of the Shiia so they would vote for him. Scare the Christians of the Shiia so that they won’t vote for Aoun.
    Then He says He will return to Lebanon to run his election campaign regardless of any threats against his safety. One of two cases; He is either a coward or there is no threat against his life as He claims.If he was to return then, why not now?why did he leave in the first place if He is such a brave man?Why wasn’t he in Beirut with his supporters today when he says He’s willing to return before election? Is he telling us that He is under threat today,but he won’t be on election day? Or is he telling us that being elected is worth the risk? He is a really pathetic man.
    All of his promises of electricity and prosperity are just empty promises.Why didn’t He provide electricity when He was a prime minister Why didn’t his right hand man PM Siniora provide electricity to Lebanon when He ruled for few years??Why didn’t his father provide electricity to all of Lebanon when he ruled for 10 years?Only downtown Beirut had 24 hour electricity then,but most of Lebanon barely had couple of hours or electricity.
    He ,rightly,spoke so much of corruption,but He forgot to tell us that It was his father who bought /stole downtown Beirut through corrupt laws, He forgot to tell us that corruption and bribing was at its peak during the Hariri rule for many years.Politicians are willing to say any thing to get re-elected.
    Too Bad Lebanese have a short memory, they worship their leaders no matter what.

    • AntiFSA1

      Wow bro, that’s a lot to forget.

      • 5thDrawer

        You haven’t been here long enough, Anti … hehehehehe

  • Prophettttt

    It was the most sectarian speech He ever delivered.Typical campaign speech with all the scare tactics.It was an election speech by all means. Scare the Sunnis of the Shiia so they would vote for him. Scare the Christians of the Shiia so that they won’t vote for Aoun.
    Then He says He will return to Lebanon to run his election campaign regardless of any threats against his safety. One of two cases; He is either a coward or there is no threat against his life as He claims.If he was to return then, why not now?why did he leave in the first place if He is such a brave man?Why wasn’t he in Beirut today when He’s willing to return before election? Id he telling us that now He is under threat,but he won’t be on election day? Or is he telling us that being elected is worth the risk? He is a really pathetic man.
    All of his promises of electricity and prosperity are just empty promises.Why didn’t He provide electricity when He was a prime minister Why didn’t his right hand man PM Siniora bring electricity to Lebanon when He ruled for few years??Why didn’t his father provide electricity to all of Lebanon when he ruled for 10 years?
    He ,rightly,spoke so much of corruption,but He forgot to tell us that It was his father who bought stole downtown Beirut through corrupt laws, He forgot to tell us that corruption and bribing was at its peak during the Hariri rule for many years.Politicians are willing to say any thing to get re-elected.

    • AntiFSA1

      Wow bro, that’s a lot to forget.

      • 5thDrawer

        You haven’t been here long enough, Anti … hehehehehe

  • dateam

    he wont come back unless he gets his 1960 law and that wont happen….it is a sectarian speech but he dosen’t realise that the sunni community has become so disenfranchised with him that don’t be surprised if the salafis and fundamentalists out vote him this time…he played a game bigger than him with all this happening around us he was too busy skiing in the franch alpes instead doing what hes supposed to…after all he is a paid parliamentarian is he not? him and oqab saqr…hi alliances with gmayell and gagea are finished although everyone is still being diplomatic….he suffocated ziad baroud as interior minister and gave him no choice but to resign….hes banking on assad falling so he can return…..

  • dateam

    he wont come back unless he gets his 1960 law and that wont happen….it is a sectarian speech but he dosen’t realise that the sunni community has become so disenfranchised with him that don’t be surprised if the salafis and fundamentalists out vote him this time…he played a game bigger than him with all this happening around us he was too busy skiing in the franch alpes instead doing what hes supposed to…after all he is a paid parliamentarian is he not? him and oqab saqr…hi alliances with gmayell and gagea are finished although everyone is still being diplomatic….he suffocated ziad baroud as interior minister and gave him no choice but to resign….hes banking on assad falling so he can return…..

  • libnan1

    Sure, the killers will eventually die of old age if you call that punishment !!!!! go shave your face you mustache is uneven.

  • libnan1

    Sure, the killers will eventually die of old age if you call that punishment !!!!! go shave your face you mustache is uneven.