Beirut: Hezbollah on Tuesday surrendered data
allegedly implicating Israel in the murder of ex-premier Rafiq
Hariri to the Lebanese government, which in turn gave it to a
UN court probing the killing, a source said.
"Hezbollah official Wafiq Safa today gave Lebanese
Prosecutor General Said Mirza the data requested by the
prosecutor of the (UN-backed) Special Tribunal for Lebanon,"
the judicial source told AFP.
"The data has been transferred to the Beirut office of
tribunal prosecutor Daniel Bellemare," the source added.
Bellemare on Wednesday called on Lebanese authorities to
submit all material related to the murder in the possession of
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, who claims his arch-foe
Israel was behind the February 14, 2005 bombing that killed
Hariri and 22 others.
The request came days after Nasrallah produced several
undated clips of aerial views of several areas in Lebanon
which he alleged were intercepted from unmanned Israeli
The clips included footage of the site of the Hariri
assassination in mainly Sunni west Beirut, shot several years
before the murder.
The Syrian and Iranian-backed Hezbollah is facing
increasing pressure amid reports that the UN tribunal is set
to accuse several of its members.
Nasrallah has warned against implicating his Shiite
movement in the Hariri assassination, slamming the UN
investigation as an "Israeli project."
The Hariri murder triggered an international outcry and
led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon in April
2005 after a deployment of almost three decades.
The killing has been widely blamed on Syria, but Damascus
has consistently denied involvement.