In the interview, Nasrallah said that 12 members of Hezbollah or people linked to the party had been summoned “as witnesses, not suspects,” and said that six more could be called for questioning shortly.
Complaints of leaks
Accusing the tribunal of leaking information to the media implicating Hezbollah, Nasrallah said that he would continue cooperating with the investigation, but served notice that if the leaks continue “it is my right to take a different stance.”
Hezbollah has repeatedly denied involvement in the assassination since the allegations were first raised in May last year by the German news weekly, Der Spiegel.
Syria, which politically dominated Lebanon at the time of Hariri’s assassination, has been the chief suspect since the investigation began. Although Syria’s suspected involvement has not been ruled out, and there are indications that investigators are having difficulties uncovering evidence linking individuals in Damascus to the assassination, according to Western diplomats and officials who have been briefed on aspects of the tribunal’s investigation.
Irrespective of whether Hezbollah played a role in Hariri’s assassination, the party’s rank and file say they are convinced that the accusations are an attempt by the United States and Israel to weaken the organization militarily.