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Seek and you shall find

The German magazine Der Spiegel, quoting sources in the International Tribunal, says that Hezbollah has been linked to the murder of Rafik Hariri. Lebanon Now reports:

Sources close to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon have revealed that investigators now believe Hezbollah was linked to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, German weekly magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported on its website on Saturday.

The magazine reported sources close to the investigation saying the breakthrough came when it was discovered that one man, who was in possession of a mobile phone linked to the assassination, called his girlfriend once from the ‘hot’ phone number. It was enough to identify the man, the magazine reported, who is believed to be Abd al-Majid Ghamlush, from the town of Rumin, who is a Hezbollah member. Ghamlush was also identified as the buyer of the mobile phones linked to the attack and has since disappeared. …

The magazine also cited sources close to the tribunal saying that investigators have discovered that a Hezbollah member obtained the Mitsubishi truck used in the attack and have also been able to trace the origins of the explosives, more than 1,000 kilograms of TNT, C4 and hexogen.

Now since the capability to perform telecommunications intercepts is normally confined to the Great Powers and this evidence has only recently come to the attention of the International Tribunal, one can speculate that one of the Great Powers has suddenly “found” something in the archives. The sudden discovery of this evidence may be a bellweather of how well the “engagement” with Syria is going.

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