It is not the first time that the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provides technical assistance to Lebanon in
investigations into assassinations or assassination attempts. These American agents
have participated for example in the survey of the crime scene of May Chidiac’s
assassination attempt. Today, they inspected the scene of the crime which killed
Major General Wissam Hassan.
FBI agents arrived to Beirut on Thursday and inspected
the Achrafeh crime scene under the supervision of Attorney General Judge Hatem
Madi. They later met with Madi who informed them that the ISF’s Information
Division is in need of a technical logistic assistance in regards to the
evidence and clues found on the crime scene, mainly the remains of the
booby-trapped car and the marks left by the explosives. The agents will however
not take part in oral investigations such as interrogations with witnesses or
Judge Madi stressed that investigations are
100% Lebanese and held in absolute secrecy. “Most of the information leaked by
the media are not credible; some of them even aim at hindering the course of
investigations”, he said.
The Achrafieh tight security measures were
imposed around the crime scene in order to preserve all of the evidence and
clues. A number of tents have even been erected at the scene to cover the
remnants of the explosion in addition to a number of cars and possessions.
Investigations into this crime revolve around
the booby-trapped car, the type and source of explosives used and the content
of surveillance cameras set up on buildings and companies surrounding the crime
scene. They also focus on the period between the arrival of Maj. Gen. Wissam
Hassan to Beirut airport to the moment he died on Friday afternoon. It is noteworthy
that Hassan arrived with a false name and did not inform anyone that he was returning
to Beirut. Investigations also revolve around the phone calls held and received
by Hassan during this period of time. Detectives are trying to figure out if
there was a reason behind his sudden return to Beirut.
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