Revealed: Circumstantial evidence implicates Hezbollah in Hariri murder

The U.N. International Independent Investigation Commission’s findings are based on an elaborate examination of Lebanese phone records. They suggest Hezbollah officials communicated with the owners of cell phones allegedly used to coordinate the detonation that killed Hariri and 22 others as they traveled through downtown Beirut in an armed convoy, according to Lebanese and U.N. phone analysis obtained by CBC and shared with The Washington Post. The revelations are likely to add to speculation that a U.N. prosecutor plans to indict members of Hezbollah by the end of the year.

The work of the commission, whose mandate has expired, has been handed over the U.N. Special Tribunal, which will carry out prosecutions. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah – who claims Israel killed Hariri – has made it clear that the group will not accept the U.N.’s prosecution of its members…

The report also faults the United Nations for misplacing a vital piece of evidence – a complex analysis of Lebanese phone records that allegedly pinpointed the phones used by Hariri’s killers – in the early months of the investigation. It also criticizes the U.N. commission for failing to provide sufficient security for a key Lebanese officer, Col. Wissam Eid, who was killed after helping the U.N. unravel the crime mystery.