BEIRUT – Lebanon gave a U.N. tribunal on Tuesday material provided by Hezbollah to press its claim that Israel was linked to the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Israel has dismissed Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s repeated claims as “ridiculous.” U.N. investigators have been probing Hariri’s killing for years but have never pointed to possible Israeli involvement — which Hezbollah says is a sign of bias.
Hezbollah has said it expects some of its members to face indictments by the Netherlands-based tribunal investigating Hariri’s assassination and claims the panel has no credibility. The militant group recently pointed the finger at its sworn enemy Israel, possibly in an attempt to deflect attention from its own indictments.
Lebanon’s government is an uneasy coalition of a Western-backed bloc and Hezbollah, which in just a few years has gained so much political power it now has a virtual veto over government decisions.