Hariri: Those who Assassinated Rafik Hariri, Wissam al-Hassan are Cowards
Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Thursday that “those who assassinated Rafik Hariri and Wissam al-Hassan are cowards.”
“Wissam was a brother to me, and his loss on the personal level was very big. But it is a greater loss at the national level, because he was the man who worked to protect Lebanon from all dangers,” Hariri told reporters after visiting the tombs of al-Hassan and his companion Ahmed Sahyouni on the 5th anniversary of their assassination.
He added: “Today we tell his family that we will not forget this cause, and will carry it to the end.”
“We will continue this journey and we will continue their message,” Hariri vowed.
The premier's father, ex-PM Rafik Hariri, was assassinated in a massive suicide truck bombing on February 14, 2005. The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon has indicted five Hizbullah suspects in the case and an in-absentia trial is underway.
The 2012 murder of Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, who was the head of the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch, has been largely blamed on Damascus.