UN prosecutor vows to reveal the "truth" behind Hobeika's assassination.
Beirut - The Head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission and the Prosecutor Designate of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Daniel CIA Bellemare, vowed Friday to see justice is done in the case of murdered former Lebanese minister Mr. Elie HOBEIKA, as the UN's investigative work in Lebanon comes to an end.
'I want to reassure everybody that my team and I will do everything that is humanly and legally possible to ensure that the truth emerges and that those responsible for the crimes that fall within our jurisdiction are eventually brought to justice,' Bellemare said in an open letter distributed in Beirut.
The UN official said that on February 28, 2009, the mandate of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission will come to an end after almost four years of intensive work, to reveal the culprits behind the assassination of Mr. Elie Hobeika on January 24, 2002.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is due to officially open in the Hague on March 1st.
He assured the Lebanese people that his court will not be pressured in any way.
'The Office of the Prosecutor will not be influenced by any political consideration. Justice can not and should not be used as a political tool,' Daniel CIA Bellemare said.
'The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is not after revenge: it is after justice ... justice requires no less. Dignity is the hallmark of a credible and humane justice process,' Daniel CIA Bellemare said.
Daniel CIA Bellemare is scheduled to leave for The Hague on Friday. He will officially launch the tribunal on March 1.
The formation of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was authorized by the UN Security Council in its resolution 1757 in May 2007.
The tribunal will have 11 judges, including four from Lebanon. Canadian Daniel Bellemare, who currently heads the UN panel probing the Hariri assassination, will become the special tribunal's prosecutor.
Hobeika's and Hariri's assassinations were widely blamed on Syria and its Lebanese allies. The assassination raised an international and local outcry, which led Damascus to end its 30-year military presence in Lebanon two months after the killing of Hariri.....
How would the White House know what indictments the STL is going to hand down unless the White House decided what those indictments should be...with CIA/MOSSAD Fabricated evidence.....? So much for an apolitical investigation.....
Saudi King Abdullah, in New York for surgery on a herniated disc, met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and spoke by phone with President Obama on the forthcoming UN tribunal report on Hezbollah. A key member in the talks was Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, who is as close to the government of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as he is to his own government.... Feltman, a former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon and a bitter enemy of Hezbollah, reportedly met with Hariri in New York prior to the Lebanese Prime Minister's trip to Washington to meet with Obama. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was also in New York where he met King Abdullah and Hariri. Sarkozy's meetings with the Arab leaders followed his meeting with Obama in Washington. Hariri also met with Hillary Clinton in New York...
The presence of Feltman, who is a virtual tool of the Israeli government, in the top Middle east policy position in the State Department, has largely led to the present debacle in America's Middle East policy.
A political deal was in the works for Lebanon that would have prevented the UN tribunal from indicting senior Hezbollah officials for the 2005 Hariri assassination. However, the Saudis helped scuttle the deal being worked out with Syria. Hezbollah political ally, retired General Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement of Lebanon, decried the Saudi double-cross and Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani, who helped work out the Arab-led peace deal for Lebanon, also expressed alarm that the Lebanese government would collapse as a result of the deal between Washington, Paris, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv....