Tuesday, 18 January 2011 12:01

Controversial Hariri tribunal issues 'top-secret' indictment to shield the real culprits

Controversial Hariri tribunal issues 'top-secret' indictment to shield the real culprits

Despite the demand of the overwhelming majority of the Lebanese people for its cancellation, the dubious US-backed tribunal has reportedly issued indictment labeled 'top secret' concerning the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

The US, which is using the so-called international tribunal as a tool to create tensions and disunity in Lebanon, has hailed the secret indictments that obviously target the country's grassroots groups for their opposition to Washington's interference and their firm resistance to Israeli designs.

The Lebanese people have rejected outright any verdict by the tribunal as illegal, since its main goal is to absolve the illegal Zionist entity, which actually carried out Hariri's assassination in order to plunge Lebanon into chaos. The contents of the draft indictment may not become public for weeks as Belgian judge Daniel Fransen is still continuing his provocative measures.

The US intervention in Lebanese affairs has concerned many officials of the country. The US ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly was summoned by the Lebanese Foreign Ministry to protest US interventionist policies in Lebanon's affairs, following her meeting with Lebanese lawmaker Nicolas Fattouch.

Meanwhile, according to experts Hariri's assassination was a sophisticated operation carried out by Israel with US help. According to US expert Richard Wagner, the crater created in the road below the victim's car suggests that a precision guided aerial bomb struck it, passed through it and penetrated the road - before exploding. This is also indicated by the condition of Hariri's corpse. The lower part of his body was reported to be badly mangled and damaged while his head and torso were recognizable. An aerial bomb or penetrator weapon, such as a bunker-buster type, is a guided weapon designed to penetrate the surface before exploding.

On an information webpage entitled, "Bombs for Beginners," the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) explains how aerial bombs create craters: "The cratering effect is normally achieved by using a GP [general purpose] bomb with a delayed fusing system. This system allows bomb penetration before the explosion. Since the explosion occurs within the surface media the energy of the blast causes the formation of a crater," it says.

A 1-ton penetrating bomb, silent and unseen, would explain the huge crater and the fact that there is no evidence of a truck bomb attacking Hariri's motorcade.

Sam Hamod, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, wrote, "We must do as they do in other criminal cases, look at who had the most to gain from the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri. The Lebanese had a lot to lose, as did the Syrians. No matter where else you look, no one else had anything to gain, except Israel and the U.S.," Hamod wrote. "America quickly pointed the finger at Syria, as did Israel, which was tantamount to convicting themselves because they are the only two countries that would gain by creating unrest in Lebanon."

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