Lebanese PM Supports Hezbollah's Claims

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BEIRUT - Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri supports the "important and very sensitive" evidence presented by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah Monday evening alleging that Israel was behind the assassination of his father, the Lebanese daily as-Safir reported on Thursday.

Hariri called on the UN to conduct a serious investigation of the evidence and said many Lebanese support him.

"I am personally in favor of a deep discussion of the details because it is very important to me to find out the truth both as prime minister and as [Rafik] Hariri's son," the paper quoted Hariri as having said.

In July, Hariri informed Nasrallah that the UN tribunal investigating the murder intends to indict three to five senior Hezbollah operatives.

UN prosecutor Daniel Bellemare plans to issue the first round of indictments in September for "three to five members of Hezbollah and in the second round about 20 with various ranks, including some key officials."

Nasrallah's "important" evidence and Hariri's call for a "deep discussion" come weeks before the indictments are set to be issued.

Hariri was killed in February 2005 by a massive bomb that targeted his motorcade in Beirut. 

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