Today's assassination attempt of an interior ministry official, and the killing of 4 of his escorts, catapulted the Hariri investigation back into the limelight.
The Rmeileh bomb blast nearly killed Lieutenant-Colonel Samir Shehadeh, who holds a senior post in the Interior Ministry's intelligence branch and has played a leading role in Lebanon's investigation into the Hariri assassination.
According to Elaph, Shehadeh is the one who led the arrests of the four pro-Syrian generals implicated in the Hariri assassination.
Serge Brammertz is nearly done, and is expected to submit another report on September 30. A senior UN official is also expected in Beirut to sign a treaty with the government regarding the formation of the tribunal (which still awaits amendments to the Lebanese penal code—delayed by Berri's sit-in).
Acting interior minister Ahmad Fatfat said the assassination could be a "double-message" to the Interior Security Forces and the Lebanese army. According to Fatfat, the ministry's intelligence branch has also been playing an important role in the Lebanese army deployment in the south.
The Lebanese MPs looked sleepy and lethargic in their sit-in today. Berri even stood up and said the assassination was a "stab in the heart of the sit-in against the continuation of Israeli aggression."
Wael Abu Faour wondered whether it was a "coincidence" that Shehadeh happened to play a key role in the Hariri investigation, and that the attempt happened days before the Brammertz report, and hours before the arrival of a UN official to sign a treaty regarding the setting up of an international tribunal.
Hizbullah MP Mohammad Raad said the incident should be investigated and "should motivate us to be united. "
Speaking to reporters after the sit-in, Saad Hariri said Lebanese security is "target". "We reject this message, We hold the coward terrorists responsible," he said. When asked about whether this was intended to harm the tribunal, Hariri said, "Nobody can harm the international tribunal, there is national consensus on this that we arrived at during the National Dialogue."