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August 23, 2010 - YaLibnan - US does not rule out Iranian Revolutionary Guard role in Hariri’s murder

August 23, 2010 ⋅ 11:50 am ⋅ Post a comment
Filed Under Hariri, Hezbollah, Iran

A U.S. source did not rule out the involvement of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in the assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Al-Liwaa newspaper on Monday quoted the source as saying that “rising Iranian tension over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon ( STL) and remarks made by Iranian officials in this regard was due to fears that Iranian names could be implicated in Hariri’s assassination.”

Al-Liwaa said the source did not rule out that indictments could touch Mohammad Reza Zahedi, who is better known as Hassan Mahdavi, Force Commander of Quds Brigade in Lebanon, and Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in charge of the Lebanon-based Quds Brigade in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

This Brigade, which Hezbollah is affiliated with, is in charge of the Revolutionary Guards’ activity outside Iran, al-Liwaa added.

Hezbollah was established in Lebanon in 1982 by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

In its founding statement, Hezbollah declared itself committed to the “creation of an Islamic republic in Lebanon.” Tehran then sent hundreds of clerics and Revolutionary Guards to Lebanon to preach Iranian theology and draft recruits.

Hezbollah receives substantial amounts of financial, training, weapons, explosives, political, diplomatic, and organizational aid from Iran and Syria.

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Background - خلفية

On 13 December 2005 the Government of the Lebanese Republic requested the UN to establish a tribunal of an international character to try all those who are alleged responsible for the attack of 14 february 2005 that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. The United Nations and the Lebanese Republic consequently negotiated an agreement on the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Liens - Links - مواقع ذات صلة

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David Schenker , March 30, 2010 . Beirut Spring: The Hariri Tribunal Goes Hunting for Hizballah

Frederic Megret, McGill University, 2008. A special tribunal for Lebanon: the UN Security Council and the emancipation of International Criminal Justice

International Center for Transitional Justice Handbook on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, April 10, 2008

United Nations
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 19 Sept 2007
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 27 Mars 2008

Département d'Etat américain
* 2009 Human Rights report
* 2008 Human Rights report
* 2007 Human Rights report
* 2006 Human Rights report
* 2005 Human Rights report

ICG - International Crisis Group
The Hariri Tribunal: Separate the Political and the Judicial, 19 July, 2007. [Fr]

HCSS - Hague Centre for strategic studies
Hariri, Homicide and the Hague

Human Rights Watch
* Hariri Tribunal can restore faith in law, 11 may 2006
* Letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, april 27, 2006

Amnesty International
* STL insufficient without wider action to combat impunity
* Liban : le Tribunal de tous les dangers, mai 2007
* Jeu de mecano

Courrier de l'ACAT - Wadih Al Asmar
Le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban : entre espoir et inquiétude

Georges Corm
La justice penale internationale pour le Liban : bienfait ou malediction?

Nadim Shedadi and Elizabeth Wilmshurt, Chatham House
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon : the UN on Trial?, July 2007

Issam Michael Saliba, Law Library of Congress
International Tribunals, National Crimes and the Hariri Assassination : a novel development in International Criminal Law, June 2007

Mona Yacoubian, Council on Foreign Relations
Linkages between Special UN Tribunal, Lebanon, and Syria, June 1, 2007