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Hamadeh accuses Iran, Syria of Lebanon assassinations

MP Marwan Hamadeh rides car in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: March 14 coalition MP Marwan Hamadeh accused Iran and Syria for the spate of assassinations in Lebanon between 2004 and 2010 and urged Hezbollah to hand over the four suspects indicted in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

"Decisions behind the assassinations were taken in capitals like Tehran and yesterday's Damascus, not today," Hamadeh told the Kataeb-run Voice of Lebanon Radio station.

“[I] urge Hezbollah to hand over the accused to prevent [the party] from breaching Lebanese and international justice and not to hold on to its weapons so that it will not breach [domestic] jurisdiction,” he added.

Hamadeh’s words echo former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s remarks earlier this week calling on the resistance to hand over the four suspects, all members of Hezbollah, indicted in the assassination of statesman Rafik Hariri in 2005.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has described the four suspects – Salim Jamil Ayyash, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Hussein Hassan Oneissi, Assad Hassan – as “honorable men” of the resistance.

During his speech Tuesday commemorating the seventh anniversary of his father’s assassination, Saad Hariri said Hezbollah’s refusal to hand over the accused would implicate the party.

The U.N.-backed court has established that there are links between Hariri's assassination and the attempted assassination of Hamdeh and former Deputy Prime Minister Elias Murr, who was targeted on July 12, 2005.

Hamadeh survived a car bomb attack October 2004 that left him severely wounded.

 

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