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Hezbollah involved in hariri’s murder

UN: Canadian broadcaster CBC told this monday that, UN investigators have overwhelming proof that Hezbollah militants carried out the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

The United Nations expressed concern that leaks of the special tribunal on Lebanon’s inquiries could influence its work on the 2005 bomb blast.

Evidence gathered by Lebanese detectives and UN investigators “points overwhelmingly to the fact that the assassins were from Hezbollah.” CBC said.

It had obtained copies of mobile phone and other communications in the case.Said by the broadcaster, which was to show a documentary on the killing on Monday.

The Shiite Muslim group is part of the national government led by Hariri’s son, Saad. Lebanese politicians have expressed fears of a new eruption of violence in the country if Hezbollah members are charged.

He expected indictments to be issued “in the coming months” but said he was also worried about the tensions Michael Williams, UN special coordinator for Lebanon, said last week.

Investigators called in a specialist British communications company which found that the holders of eight mobile phones had been monitoring Rafiq Hariri in the weeks before his death,CBC said.

CBC also added that the investigators also suspected Hariri’s chief of protocol, who is now head of Lebanese intelligence, had colluded with Hezbollah.

German magazine Der Spiegel said in May 2009 that Hezbollah was implicated in the Hariri murder through the discovery of two linked networks of mobile phones.

The magazine also said that a Hezbollah commando unit was behind the killing of Eid.

Disputes surrounding the special tribunal’s work have caused widespread fears that new turmoil could erupt in the country.

The UN Security Council recently released a statement calling for the investigators to be left to work independently. This was reaffirmed by the United States on Thursday.

US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said the tribunal’s work “is critically important to Lebanon’s future. Lebanon needs to end this era of impunity which has afflicted it for years if not decades and we support the work of the Tribunal.”

“I don’t think we are concerned with the objectivity of the tribunal’s work. We are concerned about the campaign that is going around surrounding the tribunal to politicize its investigation and its potential findings,” Crowley added.

“It is a matter of concern that the leaks could have an effect on the substance of the work by the prosecutors and the tribunal itself.”A UN spokesman said however:

“Certainly leaks are matters of concern. We want to be able to ensure that the special tribunal on Lebanon can go about its work without hindrance or interference,” the spokesman, Farhan Haq, told reporters at UN headquarters.

He would not comment on details of the CBC report but said “we continue, of course, to fully support the work of the special tribunal and the independence of the special tribunal and its prosecutor.”

Haq added to the point that The United Nations has asked CBC to give information on the documents it obtained “so we can assess them,”

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