Posted by Joshua on Friday, March 28th, 2008
We will need to find out who belongs to this "criminal Network," but this declaration deals a blow to the Cheney team that was convinced the word "Syria" would appear in the title of this news report and in Bellemare's opening accusation.
Evidence suggests the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated by a "criminal network", an investigating UN team has said.
No suspects were named, but the investigators said a "Hariri Network" had Mr Hariri under surveillance before the assassination.
The ex-PM and 22 others died in a huge car bombing in Beirut in February 2005.
Past UN inquiries suggested that Syrian and Lebanese intelligence forces had played a role – which Syria denied.
The UN panel, headed by Canadian former prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, said in the 10th report on the case that it could now confirm that "on the basis of available evidence… a network of individuals acted in concert to carry out the assassination", said the news agency AFP.
The commission suggests this network was responsible for other attacks against high-profile Lebanese figures, and at least part of the network continued to operate after Mr Hariri's killing.