UN court on Hariri murder urges submission of `evidence`

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 17:12

Beirut: A UN tribunal probing the murder of
Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri on Wednesday called for the
submission of all "relevant evidence," days after Hezbollah
unveiled data allegedly implicating Israel.

"The office of the prosecutor has always invited and
continues to invite anyone who has evidence relevant to the
attack against former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri to bring it
to its attention," tribunal spokeswoman Fatima Issawi said.

The tribunal prosecutor "has also said that any
allegation that is based on credible elements... will be
carefully considered," she added.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Monday unveiled
"evidence" that his arch-foe Israel was behind the February
14, 2005 bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others in Beirut.

Nasrallah produced several undated clips of aerial views
of various areas in Lebanon, including the site of the Hariri
assassination in mainly Sunni west Beirut several years prior
to the murder.

He said the footage was intercepted from unmanned Israeli
MK surveillance drones.

Syrian- and Iranian-backed Hezbollah is facing increasing
pressure as the UN-backed tribunal appears set to accuse
several of its members.

Nasrallah has said Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of
Rafiq, vowed he would publicly declare any Hezbollah members
indicted were renegades and not disciplined party members.

Hariri`s stance is widely viewed as an attempt to avoid
violence between his mainly Sunni Muslim supporters and
supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah at all costs.


First Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 17:12

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