Hezbollah to Hand Over Evidence It Claims Implicates Israel in Hariri Assassination

Hezbollah says it will give information to Lebanese authorities; UN Hariri tribunal asked to see the evidence, following Hezbollah chief Nasrallah's presentation on Monday.

Hezbollah said on Friday that it would hand over information it claims implicates Israel in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the French news agency AFP reported.

Earlier this week, the UN tribunal investigating the killing asked that it be provided with the information that was presented by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah at a press conference on Monday.

During that press conference, Nasrallah attempted to blame Israel for the assassination, citing an audio recording of an alleged Israeli agent as well as intercepted Israeli aerial drone footage.

Image from video of what is claimed to be Israeli reconnaissance footage, AP

On Friday, Hezbollah official Mohammed Fneish told AFP that, while Hezbollah still considers the UN tribunal to have "no credibility", the Shiite militant group would provide whatever information Lebanese authorities asked for and that "what they [Lebanese authorities] do with that is their responsibility."

Rafik Hariri was killed in a massive bomb blast in Beirut in 2005 and the UN tribunal was established two years later.

At first, Hariri's allies accused Syria and its followers in Lebanon of being behind the murder, a charge Damascus has repeatedly denied.

In 2009, however, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported that there was evidence linking Hezbollah to the killing. And last month, Nasrallah said that he had been informed the UN tribunal would indict some Hezbollah members for the murder.

On Thursday, Saad Hariri, the current Lebanese prime minister and Rafik Hariri's son, called on the UN tribunal to consider the information presented by Nasrallah this week.