Bellemare: We are making progress & I am optimistic

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare has visited the families of the following four victims who lost their lives in terrorist attacks in Lebanon

-Charles Chikhani who was killed in the bombing that targeted MP Antoine Ghanem on September 19, 2009.

– MP Walid Eido who was killed with his son Khaled in a targeted attack on June 13, 2007.

– Abdul Hamid Mohamed al-Ghalayini, who was one of the victims of the bombing on February 14, 2005 that targeted former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

-Maj. Gen. François al-Hajj and his son and daughter, Elie and Rasha al-Hajj. Al-Hajj was killed in a targeted attack on December 12, 2007.

Bellemare said : “The victims and their families are the reason why the Tribunal was established and for my team and I, you are not ‘cases’ or ‘files’.”

“I can assure you that we are making progress and that I am very optimistic. I sincerely wish I could tell you more about the reasons for my optimism but unfortunately I cannot because I do not want to give away any information, or even a hint, that could tip off those we are after,” the prosecutor told the families.

He urged the families of the victims to uphold their faith in justice and their confidence in the independence, integrity and professionalism of the tribunal and the ongoing investigation.