PM Hariri: We have full confidence in Colonel Hassan


The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) published an investigation report on Sunday that implicates Hezbollah in the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday in reaction to the report:

“We have full confidence in Internal Security Forces (ISF) – Information Branch head Colonel Wissam al-Hassan.”

The report links Hezbollah members and Hassan to Hariri’s assassination

Asked about CBC’s report, Hariri said that he “refrains from commenting on any information related to the Rafik Hariri murder not released by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).”

The PM added that media leaks pertaining to the international probe into his father’s murder do not serve the course of justice.

STL, Lebanon

Head of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon office in Beirut said her office did not have any authority to respond the CBC News report.

Wajd Ramadan told the London based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Tuesday that STL Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare is the only person entitled to respond to the report.

The focus in Lebanon right now is on the day after the indictment is issued . According to a report by Lebanon Files the surprise trip yesterday to Lebanon by the Qatari PM Hamad bin Jassem was to discuss a Qatari, Syrian, Turkish , French initiative to resolve the crisis in Lebanon and to prevent any escalation of tension after the indictment is issued. The indictment is now expected to be issued around mid December.



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