Hizbullah Criticizes Hariri’s Statement on Time Interview
Hizbullah said on Saturday that Al-Mustaqbal movement leader Saad Hariri had rushed with his conclusions on the Time interview with one of the four suspects named in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon indictment.
“Hariri hastened, as his usual habit and the habit of officials (affiliated in his party), to claim the content of the fabricated and false interview in the Time magazine,” a statement issued by Hizbullah’s media department said.
A man suspected of killing former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri told the Time magazine on Friday that the Lebanese government knows his whereabouts and would have arrested him a long time ago if it could.
conclusions and political assessments are void
Hizbullah’s statement added: “He (ex-Premier Saad Hariri) based his conclusions and political assessmentson misleading reports, which makes us more convinced that his statements are part of the media fabrication by the STL to cover up the truth.”
Hariri earlier in the day issued a statement on Saturday condemning Hizbullah over Time magazine’s interview.
The STL on Wednesday unsealed large parts of an indictment accusing four Lebanese citizens with close ties to Hizbullah in the February 14, 2005 bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in Beirut.
However, the indictment draws extensively on "circumstantial" evidence against Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hussein Hassan Oneissi, and Assad Hassan Sabra, all of whom remain at large.