All eyes on Syria after Hariri indictments
The indictment accuses four Lebanese citizens with close ties to the Shiite militant movement Hezbollah of the bombing.
Beirut: All eyes were glued on developments
in Lebanon`s former powerbroker Syria today, a day after the
unsealing of a UN indictment in the 2005 murder of former
prime minister Rafiq Hariri.
"There is nothing new in this indictment and the most
evident impact we are likely to see is the discourse between
Hezbollah and ex-premier Saad Hariri heating up," said
Beirut-based analyst Ousama Safa.
"Everyone is waiting to see what will happen in Syria,"
Safa told a news agency.
"Hezbollah is in control of state institutions in Lebanon
and they`re quite comfortable with what they have. So I don`t
think anyone is in a state to take any action in Lebanon."
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) yesterday unsealed
a 47-page indictment in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, a
Sunni billionaire and five-time premier killed, along with 21
others in a 2005 bombing in Beirut.
The indictment accuses four Lebanese citizens with close
ties to the Shiite militant movement Hezbollah of the bombing,
the work of a suicide bomber in a van loaded with TNT.
For the past six years, the Hariri case has defined
Lebanese politics, solidifying a rift between his Saudi-backed
Future Movement and its rival Hezbollah, which is supported by
Iran and Syria.
Leading Lebanon`s Sunni community today is Saad Hariri,
son and political heir of the slain Rafiq and a protege of
Hariri, who led a government which collapsed in a feud
over the STL to be succeeded by a Hezbollah-backed cabinet,
has demanded Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah turn in the four
indictees, a call Nasrallah has rebuked.
Fingers were pointed at Syria in the wake of the February
14, 2005 assassination, two months after which it ended a
three-decade military deployment in Lebanon. Damascus has
repeatedly denied any involvement.