According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Hizbollah killed Rafiq Hariri.
“Intensive investigations in Lebanon are all pointing to a new conclusion: that it was not the Syrians, but instead special forces of the Lebanese Shiite organization Hezbollah”
The trouble is, all of this is based on a single anonymous source. It also comes days before the Lebanese elections where Hizbollah’s March 8 Opposition is expected to sweep to power.
Weeks ago, the only four suspects in the assassination were released without charge, leading to fears the investigation was heading for a dead end.
Syria Comment readers have already thoroughly dismissed the piece. In contrast to the normal wide range of debate on that site, almost all readers seem unanimous – there is not a shred of truth to this article. Some of the reasons:
– The Hariri investigators have been very careful about not leaking details.
– Hizbollah has no history of assassinating Lebanese political opponents.
– The similar 2005 “smoking gun” accusations against Syria were based on a false witness.
– The article seems to be a word-for-word copy of a three-year-old Le Figaro piece.