The billionaire former Prime Minister of Lebanon (1992-1998, 2000-2004) Rafik Bahaa El Deen Al-Hariri, or "Rafik Hariri" and 22 others were killed in a bomb attack in Beirut on 14 Feb 2005.
- Release date
- March 25, 2009
Following the assassination an investigating court, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, was slowly established by Lebanon, donor countries and the United Nations.
Syria was blamed for the assassination by Lebanese groups and states opposed to Syrian influence in Lebanon. The perception of Syrian involvement had a dramatic effect on Lebanese domestic politics, and lead to a rift in Syrian-Lebanese relations.
Under these contexts it important to know who is funding the Special Tribunal, since the court's expected outcome is to blame Syria, possibly correctly, for the assassination.
The document presents the first year (2007) contributions from donors.
Over $62 million dollars was raised from sympathetic states; the majority of which are known to be pro-Israeli or anti-Syrian. Other states, such as Uruguay and Macedonia gave amounts so token as to be considered a diplomatic insult (under $2000).
The $62M figure does not include a $5.3M/year contribution of secured building space by AIVD, the Dutch intelligence service which is also described in the document.
The large figure also represents a substantial boondoggle or corruption opportunity for officials in Lebanon.