BERUT: An FBI team that flew to Beirut to help investigate the car bomb that killed Lebanon’s top intelligence chief, returned to the U.S. late Monday to examine the evidence collected from the blast scene.
“The team left Lebanon last [Monday] night [armed with] information and data it had requested [from Lebanese security services], including samples from the scene of the explosion,” Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in remarks published by a local newspaper Tuesday.
Charbel did not define the types of these samples, but stressed that the FBI team will take the “necessary time to analyze the data obtained before submitting a detailed report which we will receive regarding their task and the outcome of their work.”
The FBI delegation arrived in Beirut last week to provide technical assistance in the investigation of the Oct. 19 explosion which killed head of the police’s Information Branch, his driver and a Lebanese woman. Over 100 people, including children, were wounded in the blast which ripped through the Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafieh.
Lebanon’s State Prosecutor Hatem Madi said Sunday that the FBI team does not have the right to intervene in the investigation or to interrogate anyone or be informed of a witness’ testimony.
“We are waiting for a report from the FBI team on the results of its inspection. The team will now analyze the samples and evidence they have collected from the bomb site,” Madi told The Daily Star.
Asked if any clues have been reached by Lebanese police, Madi said: “Investigation into the crime of Hasan’s assassination is still going on. We are still in the phase of collecting information and evidence and analyzing them. No clues yet.”