On October 27, about 30 women stormed the gynecological clinic of Dr. Iman Sharara and attacked two UN investigators and their female interpreter as they sought documents related to the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Hariri was killed along with others in a Beirut truck bombing on Feb. 14, 2005. The Lebanese army extracted the staff members who had articles stolen and required medical attention.
The U.N. tribunal is expected to indict members of Hezbollah, a militia group that shares power in the Lebanese government. The prosecutor of the United Nations-backed court set up in The Hague to try suspects in the murders has asked the country’s authorities to hand over all information allegedly held by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
The Tribunal issued a statement after the attack saying, “The attack…in Beirut against staff members of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is a deplorable attempt to obstruct justice.”
The Tribunal, guided by Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, was established by the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s inquiry into the bombing was flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack.