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Few things certain in Hariri probe

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, as seen in 2001, courtesy of the Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, as seen in 2001, courtesy of the Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons.

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The only thing certain about the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is that the prosecutor has finished the investigation phase, a source revealed.

The STL is investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Hezbollah is widely expected to be named in a pending indictment, though the Shiite movement claims to have evidence linking Israel to the attack.

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A source close to the investigation told London's pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat that "the only person who knows when the international tribunal will issue its decision is Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare."

The source added that the prosecutor's office was "comfortable" with the results reached thus far, adding it "will be difficult, if not impossible, to challenge this evidence or undermine it during the trial phase."

Lebanese observers say they are worried that Hezbollah will lash out after the indictments with actions that would erase several years of relative political stability. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, however, downplayed the pending crisis.

The STL source stressed that the "only thing that is certain is that the general prosecutor has finished the investigative phase that has lasted nearly six years."

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