Hariri’s assassination to be reenacted in France


The assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minster Rafik Hariri will be reenacted at a military base in the French city of Bordeaux next fall according to report by French daily Le Figaro

Security sources told the French daily that the enactment is aimed at allowing international investigators to compare the explosion sound waves, the crater and the amount of explosives in the Mitsubishi van with those of the crime scene.

Hariri was assassinated in downtown on February 14, 2005.

Official sources at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) have reportedly also confirmed to An Nahar newspaper Le Figaro’s report.

As Safir reported that STL explosives experts and investigators will attend the event. However, it is not known if chief prosecutor Daniel Bellemare will be there.

As Safir also reported on Tuesday that earlier this year international investigators carried out a similar reenactment of the killing with 1,300 kilograms of explosives using 3-D technology .

According As Safir, the reenactment is an indication that the investigation has reached technical conclusions,adding that the prosecutor now needs to back up his findings about those involved in Hariri’s assassination.

Another report in the As Safir newspaper this morning revealed that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will be issuing at least two rounds of the indictments starting from next September and around the end of this year. In the first round Bellemare will reportedly indict three to five members of Hezbollah and in the second round about 20 with various ranks including some key officials.

According to observers, As Safir, which is closely associated with Hezbollah may have leaked the above information to Hezbollah and this could have been the reason behind the recent intensified attacks against the STL by Hezbollah and its allies .

According to As Safir , Bellemare said that the Lebanese military leaders told him in an informal way that the Lebanese army will not arrest any members of Hezbollah party if indicted by the court.

STL was formed by the United Nations to try the killers of former PM Hariri , who was assassinated on February 14 , 2005.

A report in the German Der Spiegel magazine dated May 2009 revealed a link between Hezbollah and the assassination of Lebanon’s former PM Rafik Hariri, father of the current prime minister.

Last Friday Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah attacked the STL calling it an “Israeli project” that aims to incite sectarian strife in Lebanon.



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