We’ll see if Hizbullah actually executes its menace.
A United Nations tribunal is close to indicting senior commanders from the militant group Hezbollah for the murder of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, according to a U.S. report Monday.
UN investigators are likely to indict between two and six members of the Shi’ite Muslim militia before the end of the year, including Mustafa Badreddine, brother-in-law of Imad Mugniyeh, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Mugniyeh, who was wanted by the U.S. for masterminding a string of terror attacks before he was assassinated in Damascus in 2008, is also believed to have played a role in the 2005 killing of Hariri, the Journal said.
Hezbollah had previously reacted angrily to growing speculation of an indictment. Last week, the group’s chief, Hassan Nasrallah, urged Lebanon to boycott the UN inquiry, accusing investigators of collaborating with Israel.
Security sources in Lebanon have warned of a violent reaction by the Hezbollah if it is formally charged for the murder, saying it could even launch a coup to unseat the current government headed by Hariri’s son, Saad.