Did Erich Follath, diplomatic reporter for the German Der Spiegel magazine, imagine what could have happened if his latest article about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was taken seriously? MENASSAT’s Ghassan Saoud takes a look.
By GHASSAN SAOUD
Article in German magazine Der Spiegel says Hezbollah behind murder of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri
BEIRUT, May 29, 2009 (MENASSAT) — At the height of Sunni sectarianism in Lebanon, awakened to counter Shiite support for the leading opposition political party Hezbollah, while Sunni-Shiite relations are tense all over the Muslim world, comes 60-year-old journalist Erich Follath, who published an article last week claiming that Hezbollah was behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Published by the German magazine Der Spiegel, a media outlet that enjoys credibility in the Arab and International public opinion, the report claims to have learned from sources close to the UN special tribunal set-up to provide certainty about Hariri’s assassination in February 2005, that the leader of the Sunni in Lebanon, who also happens to be a “moderate” Arab and symbol of western alignment in the Arab world, was murdered by Shiite group Hezbollah.