The Internet Remembers the Slain Lebanese Officer Who Cracked the Hariri Case 15 Years Before the ICC Did

Published August 19th, 2020 - 06:28 GMT
The Internet Remembers the Slain Lebanese Officer Who Cracked the Hariri Case 15 Years Before the ICC Did
Eid had exposed the main names of people involved in the al-Hariri case prior to his assassination in Jan 2008. (Twitter: @CharbelTers3)

In the wake of pronouncing the official verdict by the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, Lebanese commentators rushed to salute the top investigator into the 2005 suicide attack after the Special Tribunal for Lebanon reached the same conclusions he had reached, before he was also assassinated back in 2008.

Wissam Eid was a computer engineer and a senior terrorism investigator at the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, who was able to analyze telephone intercepts between individuals who took part in planning the huge explosion that killed the Lebanese businessman and then Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005.

In his investigation, that ended by his assassination in Beirut in January 2008, Eid had exposed the main names of people involved in Al-Hariri case. This resulted in him receiving several death threats and surviving a previous shooting near his house in 2006.

According to the Netherlands-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon, one of four main suspects tried in absentia, Salim Ayyash, was convicted of "having had a central role in the bomb attack in Beirut that killed Hariri back in 2005 ," while three others were acquitted by the international court.

Translation: "Wissam Eid, Rest in Peace."

While the STL couldn't establish concrete evidence that Hizbollah or the Syrian government are directly involved in the bombing that killed a total of 22 people, the BBC reported that the court associated Ayyash with the Iranian-backed militia, saying that "he was a well-connected, mid-level operative in Hezbollah."

Translation: "Wissam Eid had revealed everything the international court wasn't brave enough to expose. Rest in peace neighbor."

Social media commentators also questioned whether the convicted individual Ayyash will be handed to the international court or not, especially that he is still on the loose most probably in Lebanon.

Translation: "They say that truth always rules in just cases, but admitting the truth requires a lot of courage. Will Salim Ayyash be handed over to the authorities? Will the President be pressured to enforce justice so he saves whatever is left of the country. Will the two divisions in the country become unified to rescue the country from its misery?"


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