The Future Movement had no immediate comment on the charges against Hezbollah. Media owned by parliament member Saad Rafiq Hariri ignored the German report. Hezbollah denied any involvement in the assassination, stating, "It is nothing more than police fabrications concocted in the back room." The party added that it considers "the publication of these accusations and attempts to attribute them to sources close to the International Court to be damaging to the Court’s credibility and work, which requires it to act decisively and boldly towards those seeking to propagate falsifications."
Hariri was assassinated on Feb. 14, 2005, in a massive explosion.
The report asserts that Abd Al-Majid Ghamlush, a member of Hezbollah from the town of Rumin who had completed a training course in Iran, led investigators to learn of Hezbollah's involvement in the assassination through a mobile phone call to his girlfriend. Ghamlush has since disappeared and is perhaps no longer alive. The weekly added that his mistake led investigators to the man they suspect of masterminding the assassination, 45-year-old leader Hajj Salim from Nabatiyah in southern Lebanon, who commands Hezbollah's military wing.
The report indicated that a special unit in the Lebanese security forces headed by Information Division Technical Branch Chief Wissam Eid, who was later assassinated, was the first to obtain the preliminary evidence that led the committee to this conclusion.