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March 7, 2021

Hezbollah named in Hariri murder

A Lebanese police officer and United Nations investigators pieced together phone records which implicate the Syrian-backed Hezbollah movement in the February 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, the Washington Post reports. The UN International Independent Investi­gation Commission’s findings are based on an elaborate examination of Lebanese telephone records. They suggest Hezbollah officials communicated with the owners of mobile phones allegedly used to co-ordinate the detonation that killed Hariri and 22 others as they travelled through central Beirut in an armed convoy, according to Lebanese and UN phone analysis. The revelations boost speculation that a UN prosecutor plans to indict members of Hezbollah by the end of the year.

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