Tuesday, March 28, 2006

New Evidence in Hariri Murder

Asharq al-Awsat reports that a new phone call transcript has been given to the UN Hariri investigation team by British intelligence. The phone call was held between a high-ranking Lebanese official and his Syrian counterpart in which the former confirmed to the latter that the assassination had taken place and Al-Hariri had in fact been killed."

Shocking New Evidence in Hariri Murder Inquest
Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat
By Youssef Diab

Informed sources have revealed told Asharq al-Awsat that the international commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri received the transcript of a phone call conversation between a Lebanese official and his Syrian counterpart in which the former confirmed to the latter that the assassination had taken place.

The sources alluded to what was mentioned in commission chief Judge Serge Brammertz's report on achieving a major breakthrough, and cited sources in the international commission that "the breakthrough came about by finding solid proof that periodic meetings were held between Lebanese and Syrian security officials and officials in a Lebanese group known for its allegiance to Syria, in addition to analyzing scores of phone calls held between security officials in that group, the Syrian intelligence center in Beirut, and an important official head office which German Judge Detlev Mehlis referred to in his first report.

The sources confirmed that "analysis of the phone calls, which began on the evening of Sunday 13 February 2005 and continued until 4 pm the following day--in other words, four hours after the crime took place--showed that most of the conversation revolved around the crime. In addition, the commission received the text of a very important phone call held between a high-ranking Lebanese official and his Syrian counterpart in which the former confirmed to the latter that the assassination had taken place and Al-Hariri had in fact been killed."

The same sources pointed out that the international commission received the transcript of the phone call held between the two high-ranking officials from the British intelligence and that the content was the reason behind British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw's statements one week after the crime that he believed Syrian sides are involved in Al-Hariri's assassination. The Lebanese sources noted that the commission stepped up its activities upon the return of its chief Brammertz from New York after he presented his report to the Security Council.

They explained that Brammertz is trying to complete the biggest part of the investigations on the Lebanese level before setting a date for his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Vice President Farooq al-Shara in Damascus.

The sources foresaw difficulties in Brammertz's ability to complete the investigation before mid-June. The sources cited members of the international investigations commission saying that Brammertz does not want to extend his mission. The sources did not rule out the return of former commission chief Judge Detlev Mehlis to resume the investigations, particularly since the latter praised Brammertz's report, describing it as professional and noting that it was on the same track and did not ignore any of the existing evidence in the file.


At 3/28/2006 10:09:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

If true... then let the name-guessing games begin!!! i would assume it would be a security officer and not a famous politician. but lets wait and see until june.

At 3/28/2006 11:03:00 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Here we go again!

What kind of idiot would make a regular phone call the same day and incriminate himself in the process?

Would that idiot be skilled enought to be part of that sophisticated assasination?

At 3/28/2006 12:20:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Who giva a damm about one the worst Baathist supporters ever born. One that robed and indebted his country and gave millions in cash to corrupt officials all over the globe by the truck loads. Corrupted Syria and Syrian officials. He would have been tried and found guilty by any country laws, except barbaric Lebanon anyway.

Here is a link to something you all should read and care about, more important than the death of a Mafiossi:


At 3/28/2006 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

Thank you Alex and is that June of 2009 or June of 2013? Here is my little secret to you all it is June of 7840. Keep waiting.

At 3/28/2006 01:04:00 PM, Blogger t_desco said...

Any idea why they would wait more than a year to hand over such an important transcript?

At 3/28/2006 02:25:00 PM, Blogger zobahhan said...

I think this is the most retarded post ive seen so far. No offence josh but claiming a "phonecall" after the fact discussing the fact is "evidence" is really lame.

I mean everyone picked up the phone and discussed it. Whether it be high ranking or not, you're going to discuss it. I dont see how discussing it incriminates unless there was a discussion of "yea it worked, yea we got him" sort.

At 3/28/2006 02:55:00 PM, Blogger Metaz K. M. Aldendeshe said...

I thought about that Zobahda, thought what the heck. But then concluded that it is what they said and how they said it that makes a difference. If they said something like "done deal" or as you ordered or maybe " I have some sad news to report to you, something really bad happend today"

So, it is not the call as much as what was said and how. One single word not in place can incriminate someone.

At 3/28/2006 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...


I think you missed the point. these phone calls would probably have incriminating evidence just like that. now if thats true, then these people were pretty dumb.

At 3/28/2006 03:31:00 PM, Blogger Metaz K. M. Aldendeshe said...

I don't usually comment on the Hariri case. But I said before that I think they have no evidences against Syria or Syrian involvement, if they did, they would paraded in front of us day and night.

Why the truth will never be known is because it involve a lot or corruption, corrupt deals and corrupt world politicians, it could involve money laundering, drug dealing, Afghanistan opium cash, Saddam’s Billions, cash profit from Iraq’s Billions of Dollars in contracts, other crap can’t talk about it, and all sort of money activities in the Hundreds of Millions, the possibilities and culprits (even if we left Israel out) are endless. Syria or Syrians involvement in the assassination could very well be not true and are used as cover for another more sinister plot.

The more the delay and trickle of this kind of evidences the more it is proof that they really are covering, fabricating evidences or timing things to extract the original aim first.

Another thread that is disturbing is the recent acceptance of Brazil of the Political Asylum application of Klailat. She is no Political person, she is a con artist that bankrupted a good size Bank. Someone forcing Brazil hand big time and they must be powerful people.

That also tips me away from Syrian involvement and more toward Corruption dealing that drifted into greed and murder. It is just very hard to see Syria order such a killing; he is not that much of a threat to them. There are others who are much more.

Sorry, unless I see non-delayed, non-withheld, non-altered and or fabricated evidences in front of me my analysis say corruption and cash not Syria.

If they had the evidence against Syria that even remotely possible proof, Neocons would have dropped the Gellatine on Assad in a second.

At 3/28/2006 03:33:00 PM, Blogger Atassi said...

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At 3/28/2006 03:52:00 PM, Blogger Metaz K. M. Aldendeshe said...

Assad and his government are not dumb. They are smart and witty and as you see they can give the world the finger. They have survival instinct and take every KARAR with atmost of cautions and it appears to me that they have thought things out in quite a detail and very well I say.

This KARAR to assasinate Hariri as someone claims is not in tune with the carefulness and slownenss they make the KARARAT. Very a-typical of Syris's inner circle.

Those that have evidences, stop playing games and show it to us.

At 3/28/2006 03:56:00 PM, Blogger Atassi said...

I think, the Hariri Murder Hariri Murder was the dumbest idea to date in the first place, and it will be the most famous "IN Goal" in the Lebanese and Syrian political history. it can be described as "Big Puk-up"....

At 3/29/2006 08:17:00 AM, Blogger majedkhaldoon said...

Assad regime depend 100 % on security forces,they do not accept dissent, they believe in absolute loyalty, if any one disagree of their own idea they eliminate him, Hariri was a threat to syria, especially Bashar is young, and he needs his father people to survive,Syria was the controler of lebanon,Detlif Mehlis theory is reasonable, such a big plan,of monitoring Hariri moves,the cellular phone system,Adas video,the vehicle story, all other things prove that only syria can be involved,is it a dunb move? yes,is it going to hurt syria? they did not think about it this way, at the time,it is the security apparatus who did it,they are not the strategy people,I have never found a criminal who admits he did the crime, always denies that he did the crime,Assad when he ordered the murder thought that he will get away with it,the response was totally unexpected, so many murders were done before,no world response was seen, this time Assad was shockingly surprised with the world response, that is his mistake,when murderer kills,it is power excersise,it is not based on strategy,it is because it is one person decision,it is not a strategy decision, which is group decision.
Brammertz is secretive person,he dependes on attacking the credibilty,many evidences are destroyed by the syrian intelligence,he plans to win the case by showing that Assad is saying lies.

At 3/29/2006 09:06:00 AM, Blogger Syrian Republican Party said...

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At 3/29/2006 09:25:00 AM, Blogger Atassi said...

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At 3/29/2006 09:27:00 AM, Blogger Atassi said...

from what we have see so far, the developments in Syria in the past two years, proved that the late Assad was able to build a very strong system, it seemed so formidable, with all geo-political changes and tremendous effect and shocks on the regime, it stood forcefully, and it has not crumbled as many experts has been predicting, leaving me to strongly believe that his late father worked most of his political career to assemble a system, that can only be undone by a handful of individuals in the inner circle “by design”. Which will bring questions?
For how long would bashar be able to maintain his hold on power using his father dividends? Can we assume that the regime toughest challenges are over?
Can Bashar be forced to make radical changes without the interference of outside power?

At 3/29/2006 09:48:00 AM, Blogger Nafdik said...


I would love to agree with you and accept that Hafez was a political genious. As it would make all Syrians feel less dumb and cowerdly for letting ourselves be governed like slaves in last decades.

However, if you look at how Saddam was able to hold to power after a genocidal war with Iran, a suicidal war with the world and a sanctions regime combined with constant pressure from the mightiest army in the world, you have to think twice.

Are both men geniuses? Or is the struture of our society such that we have an inbuilt mechanism for naturally selecting the kinds of political structures that survive.

This is good news for Bashar, as it is clear the man is no genious.

At 3/29/2006 10:08:00 AM, Blogger Atassi said...

Hafez was extremely talented in manipulating the internal powers in Syria and elsewhere in the region for his own agendas; Bashar is not able to do that so far.
I would not compare Saddam to Hafez, Saddam was and still a dumb Jack ass, and he was a curse on the whole region.

At 3/29/2006 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Alex said...

The fact is, Hafez's name still shows up in so many mideast analysis pieces, 5 years after his departure from the scene.

Hafez did not have a fraction of Saddam's Iraqi resources, if he did, we know how much further he would have gone.

Charlie Rose asked Bashar: "your father can teach a class of master politicians, what did he teach you?"

And of course Bashar answered: "we never discuss politics at home"

At 3/30/2006 09:03:00 AM, Blogger why-discuss said...

I wonder if the Hariri lebanese political sympatizers are aware that the international tribunal they are all pushing for may turn against them, as it may reveal all the hidden scandals and money tractations many of these officials have been involved in.. We're on for a real show..


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