Monday, January 17, 2011

Lebanon: Indictments Filed But Not Released

The indictments in this Lebanon assassination have been made, but they haven't been released to the public yet. Overall, we continue to see progress towards a release of the indictments, but thus far we have only rumors as to the content:

Hizbullah: US controlled Hariri probe to 'light a fuse'

ICJ tribune files first indictment in 2005 Lebanese PM assassination, which reportedly names Hizbullah, Ayatollah Khaminei; Israeli officials: Indictment unlikely to change anything in the region.

Hizbullah blamed the US for the indictment in the Hariri assassination tribunal, which was submitted on Monday.

According to the Hizbullah-aligned television station Al-Manar, "Washington pushed the indictments in order to light the fuse that will blow up the bridges that were built in order to find a solution" after the Lebanese government collapsed last week.

Of course, thats been the mantra thus far: Its the fault of the U.S. Whats new there. But progress is continuing as the indictments are now officially filed into record:

The UN tribunal set up to prosecute the assassins of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says its prosecutor has filed the first indictment in the case, nearly five years after the deadly truck bombing.

Details of suspects named and the charges against them have not been released.

Tribunal registrar Herman van Hebel said in a statement Monday prosecutor Daniel Bellemare sent the indictments to Judge Daniel Fransen, who must decide whether to confirm or dismiss them or ask for more evidence.

Now the rumors are circulating:

Lebanese news sources reported that the indictments focus on Hizbullah members that planned and executed the assassination.

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reportedly been indicted for giving the instructions to kill Hariri in February 2005, AFP reported.

One source said that a finger pointed at the Khamenei – although it would be a major news story – would unlikely change international attitudes toward Iran significantly, because the country is already "in the world's dog house."

Revelation of an Iranian involvement would also unlikely change anything inside Lebanon for the simple reason everyone there knows very well the closeness of the Iranian-Hizbullah ties, the sources said.

Israeli officials continued to carefully watch the events in Lebanon unfurl, but careful not to comment on the developments so as not to be seen as intervening in one war or the other.

So at this point, it appears that Judge Daniel Fransen, who now has the indictments in his possession, will determine whether to confirm or dismiss them, or to ask for more information. It will be interesting to see what he will do, and his determinations could have big ramifications for the region.

What happens next is anyone's guess. Like everyone else, we'll be watching for developments.


Anonymous said...

Scott, big news out of the UFM....
please go here...see below !!!!

looks like things are being speeded
up on the 6 projects....that Dr. Masadeh wants done....


Scott said...

Many thanks - I'm on it !

Scott said...

By the Stephen, FWIW, I share your interest in the Med Union. In fact, I believe that the Med Union completes the picture of the EU's evolution geographically (which is a perfect fit as compared to the boundaries of the original roman empire)...

As with most things, I try to sit back and look at the big picture before committing --- I wouldn't be ready to declare Massa'deh as the AC, but as with most signs, I am watching the Med Union VERY closely and as a result greatly appreciate these updates.

God Bless

Anonymous said...

I will say this.....and I have checked this on wikipedia....this
Dr. Masadeh has 6 people under him.
ie, the 7 heads of state described
in 13 Revelation.

6 plus one is 7 of course.

Daniel described Hilter's empire
just before this, the four wings
of a bird on the back, remember ??

the swasteka !!!!

and four heads of state, sure enough, Hitler was on top with
3 main people under him.

I could be wrong, but I will NOT
believe otherwise until I get proof. and so far, Dr. Masadeh
has provided me with that proof.

Sorry to hear about your weather.

Stephen !!!!

Scott said...

I believe those "7" in revelation 13 are the same representation of the 7 in Rev 17 - ie the 7 gentile empires that ruled over Israel (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greek, and Rome. Having said that, I'm equally interested in Med Union, and its leader :)