Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Friday, August 26, 2005

Mehlis Progress Report Out--And There's Nothing In It!

The the most recent Progress Report to the UN Security Counci from Detlev Mehlis, charged with investigating the murder of Rafic Hariri, didn't contain much, despite the swirling rumors.

The bullet-points are hardly sensational:
  • The investgation has been going on for 70 days.
  • 243 witnesses were heard, 136 depositions were recorded and 107 memos written.
  • There are still 55 witnesses to be interviewed.
  • Witnesses don't want Lebanese authorities to see their depositions.
  • The commission has a fair idea of Mr. Hariri's activities before the blast which killed him.
  • There are some leads which may lead to the discovery of the motives of the assassins as well as their identity.
  • Syria is footdragging. Bolton, of couse, raged all over that.
  • Jordan and Israel say they will cooperate.


Blogger Postman said...

You are very unreasonable in your analysis. They do agree that Hariri died.

Probably as a result of injuries from a bomb.

..and probably very quickly.

Surely details about car / lorry bombs, underground bombs, who did it and why are just nit-picking.

But I think Gen Aoun might tell you a bit more if you ask him nicely... after all his friend Msr Chirac found time to be at Hariris funeral.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

You are very unreasonable in your analysis. They do agree that Hariri died.

We are currently ROTFLOL!

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

ROFLOL indeed.

Nur, PMK,

Do you remember how very very precise that explosion was?

You need to be technically rather good to be able that.

There's not all that many groups/countries/people in Lebanon with that sort of expertise to hand.

cui bono?

10:51 PM  

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