Der Spiegel reports Hezbollah involved in Hariri murder

Sources close to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon have revealed that investigators now believe Hezbollah was linked to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, German weekly magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported on its website on Saturday.

The magazine reported sources close to the investigation saying the breakthrough came when it was discovered that one man, who was in possession of a mobile phone linked to the assassination, called his girlfriend once from the ‘hot’ phone number. It was enough to identify the man, the magazine reported, who is believed to be Abd al-Majid Ghamlush, from the town of Rumin, who is a Hezbollah member. Ghamlush was also identified as the buyer of the mobile phones linked to the attack and has since disappeared.

The suspect led investigators to Hajj Salim, 45, who they now suspect was the mastermind behind the assassination, ‘Der Spiegel’ reported. It added that Salim is now considered to be the commander of the military wing of Hezbollah and lives in South Beirut.

The magazine also cited sources close to the tribunal saying that investigators have discovered that a Hezbollah member obtained the Mitsubishi truck used in the attack and have also been able to trace the origins of the explosives, more than 1,000 kilograms of TNT, C4 and hexogen.

A spokesperson from the Special Tribunal refused to comment on the accusations. 

"We don't know where they are getting the story from. The office of the prosecutor doesn't comment on any issues related to operational aspects of the investigation," the spokeswoman said.

-NOW Staff, with AFP

  • Lebanese

    ask the ones who wanted to make the road for the new middle east!! seems that the first tnt explosion on that road was meant to be as horrible as it could be in order to separate the lebanese people like they did in iraq. fortunately,they haven t studied well the land and the true people representatives!...so freezed because of the absence of a patriotic poltical paln!!

    February 10, 2010

  • Rahmoun

    ....sniff, sniff, sniff, proxy...sniff, foment... sniff, sniff.....another conspiracy...sniff,sniif....Israel fomenting___? sniff, snif....Assad secret involvement. And now the Gemeyal's are secretly going to run the country with the help of the West! Yes, the worlds longest running soap opera remains number one worldwide! Being human lives don't affect the ratings why don't we all start another war? Let's blame Hizb'allah then we can easily draw clarity, pass the blame elsewhere, make more final conclusions, and again make Hizb'allah the sponsor of all evil. That way in the next episode, we can all read why the IDF is promoting the moral high ground, and Washington wins the greatest altrusitic governtment voice competition(better to laugh than cry). Just think, if elections go the other way against the tide of Washington, the Central Bank will run out of moeny for the propaganda episode! I'v never met a regular view with access to the executive producers office, seems only those

    May 26, 2009

  • Gina

    Of course it is them who else?

    May 24, 2009


    No wonder Jameel Sayyed wants to become Justice minister and Wahhab interior minister! Then Suleiman dies in a mysterious car accident and Aoun becomes the president of Hizbollah’s Third Reich, transforming Lebanon into a military barrack for Iran and the attack-dog to protect Ahmadinajad nuclear nirvana. Of course Aoun will be discarded as soon as his usefulness is no longer needed. His role has been restricted to assault Bkerke, divide Christians and give cover to Hizbollah’s aims. He was totally clueless about the 2006 War, May 5 invasion of Beirut, and all other important Hizbollah decisions. If Hizbollah did not hesitate causing the destruction of its Shiaa villages to justify its arms when it build thousands of sophisticated bunkers to protect its rockets while building not a single bunker to protect villagers from Israel’s assured barbaric response, does anyone with half a brain think Hizbollah cares about Aoun or Lebanon once it achieves its objectives? Wake up Village Idiot!

    May 24, 2009

  • Sami

    No one knows where they got this story from either.

    May 24, 2009


    Hezboolla = Irãn Hezboolla = no peace whit Israel Hezboolla = split lebanese blood against Israel if Irân order. Hezboolla= Lebanon belongs to Irãn. Hezboolla= just problems to the people that just whant leave in peace.

    May 24, 2009

  • ELie


    May 23, 2009