Hezbollah insists it is a legitimate political party.
Lebanese politicians want them banned for their connections to Mughniyeh.
Hezbollah fighters hold their party flags as they attend a rally to commemorate slain top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh and two other leaders, Abbas Musawi and Ragheb Harb, in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday Feb. 22, 2008. (AP)
Lebanese politicians want Hezbollah Party members banned from parliament following reports that terrorist mastermind Imad Mughniyeh was a member of its governing council.
Ya Libnan reported:
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Lebanese politicians are calling for Hizballah, the radical Lebanese militia, to be expelled from parliament following claims that terrorist mastermind Imad Mughniyeh was a senior member of the organization’s governing council.
Lebanese security officials investigating Mughniyeh’s activities prior to his assassination in a car bomb attack in Damascus earlier this month have uncovered evidence that Mughniyeh used a pseudonym to conceal his membership of Hezbollah’s elite Shura Council.
Although Hezbollah is widely believed in Western intelligence circles to be involved in terrorism, the organization insists it is a legitimate political party, and emerged as one of the main opposition parties following Lebanon’s 2005 elections.
It is currently blocking attempts by the mainstream Lebanese political parties to elect a new president.
Prior to his death it was widely known that Mughniyeh, one of the world’s most deadly terrorists, had close ties to Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, and had advised him on a variety of security issues, including the tactics used by the militia during the 2006 Hezbollah-inspired war with Israel.
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