Syrian regime denies responsibility for Chatah's murder

chatah assasination 3The Syrian regime rejected accusations by Lebanon’s March 14 coalition that it was behind the Beirut car bomb blast that on Friday killed six people, including former minister Mohammad Chatah.

“These wrong and arbitrary accusations are made in a context of political hatred,” said Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi, in remarks published by state news agency SANA.

Dr. Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister and ambassador to the United States, died Friday when a car bomb struck his convoy in downtown Beirut as he was heading to a March 14 meeting at Future Movement Saad Hariri’s residence in Downtown Beirut .

The blast killed five others and left 71 wounded, Lebanon’s health ministry said. Cars were burned beyond recognition as a wall of flames and thick black smoke shot up from the blast site.

Chatah’s bodyguard, Mohammed Badr, was among those killed, National News Agency said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but fingers were pointed at Hezbollah and Syria. Chatah a close advisor of Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri was an outspoken critic of the Syrian regime and of Hezbollah.

Chatah’s death comes 20 days before the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon begins the trial of five Hezbollah suspects over the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. Like Chatah, Hariri was also killed in a car bombing in downtown Beirut.

Photo: A Lebanese man carries an injured woman at the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. A strong explosion has shaken the Lebanese capital, sending black smoke billowing from the center of Beirut. The blast went off a few hundred meters (yards) from the government headquarters and parliament building. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

  • man-o-war

    #Hezbollah is pressing hard to be granted similar powers in security & foreign policy matters that Syria exercised in Lebanon for 15 yrs.

    His last tweet an hour before the assassination. Twitter hacked or mere coincidence?

    • cook

      Sounds like Hezbollah assassinated him if you ask me lol

    • 5thDrawer

      Interesting .. really? 😉 Like we didn’t know it? :-)))

  • man-o-war

    #Hezbollah is pressing hard to be granted similar powers in security & foreign policy matters that Syria exercised in Lebanon for 15 yrs.

    His last tweet an hour before the assassination. Twitter hacked or mere coincidence?

    • Heraclitus

      Sounds like Hezbollah assassinated him if you ask me lol

    • 5thDrawer

      Interesting .. really? 😉 Like we didn’t know it? :-)))

  • libnan1

    Another drone missile, very few countries know how to operate.

    • nagy_michael2

      well the latest drone technology in the hands of Iran and hezbollah. so yah you’re right to point ion their directions..I didn’t know you use your brains now and then instead of talking about sex with Aoun.

  • libnan1

    Another drone missile, very few countries know how to operate.

    • nagy_michael2

      well the latest drone technology in the hands of Iran and hezbollah. so yah you’re right to point ion their directions..I didn’t know you use your brains now and then instead of talking about sex with Aoun.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    I pity all the Lebanese fools who support the syrian regime and their associates in Lebanon. It disgusts me that Lebanese citizens can support foreign agendas in our own country. Our people are being blown up with the aid off inside help who continuously facilitate the directives from abroad. Stand side by side with your countrymen and let the differing views promote a healthy dialogue or debate why are we watching each other getting killed and not doing anything to prevent horrific treason against our people. Our differences should be a healthy mix that forms the fabric of our society but rather it is being taken over by parasitic rott. The main fungus/bacteria being Hezbollah and that new one azzam brigades are no better either. Very fucking stupid a shame on the country to allow this to occur. Yalibnan1 hang your head in shame your a disgrace as well, whatever bitterness you have towards half your country’s people can not justify this coward act by a party you openly support. I’m sure somewhere in your conscience you will be just as disgusted in the assholes of Hezbollah.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    I pity all the Lebanese fools who support the syrian regime and their associates in Lebanon. It disgusts me that Lebanese citizens can support foreign agendas in our own country. Our people are being blown up with the aid off inside help who continuously facilitate the directives from abroad. Stand side by side with your countrymen and let the differing views promote a healthy dialogue or debate why are we watching each other getting killed and not doing anything to prevent horrific treason against our people. Our differences should be a healthy mix that forms the fabric of our society but rather it is being taken over by parasitic rott. The main fungus/bacteria being Hezbollah and that new one azzam brigades are no better either. Very fucking stupid a shame on the country to allow this to occur. Yalibnan1 hang your head in shame your a disgrace as well, whatever bitterness you have towards half your country’s people can not justify this coward act by a party you openly support. I’m sure somewhere in your conscience you will be just as disgusted in the assholes of Hezbollah.

  • Guest

    As Laquees was to Nasrallah so was Shatah to Hariri. As Mughniyeh was to one side so was Hassan to the other side. Does anyone not see the pattern here of similar figures from both different sides being killed as one for the other one? There is really no mystery as to what is going on. The political arm of Hezbollah will say one thing (positive) while the military arm of Hezbollah will do another different thing (negative).

  • Guest

    As Laquees was to Nasrallah so was Shatah to Hariri. As Mughniyeh was to one side so was Hassan to the other side. Does anyone not see the pattern here of similar figures from both different sides being killed as one for the other one? There is really no mystery as to what is going on. The political arm of Hezbollah will say one thing (positive) while the military arm of Hezbollah will do another different thing (negative).