"Over the past several months, Brammertz quietly jettisoned many of Mehlis’s conclusions and began entertaining other investigative leads, examining a variety of possible motives and a number of potential perpetrators in recognition of the animosities Hariri had engendered among business competitors, religious extremists – and political enemies.
Brammertz said “the probe was … developing a working hypothesis regarding those who had commissioned the crime,” according to a U.N. statement, which was released after Brammertz briefed the Security Council on June 14. “Given the many different positions occupied by Mr. Hariri, and his wide range of public and private-sector activities, the [U.N.] commission was investigating a number of different motives, including political motivations, personal vendettas, financial circumstances and extremist ideologies, or any combination of those motivations,”" Parry
My immediate reaction on the 14th of February, 2005 was that the Syrian government must have had something to do with this crime. I was on the air with Wolf Blitzer and Judith Yaphe when this story "broke." Both she and I had the same reaction. My reason was simple. I didn’t thing this could be "pulled off" in Beirut under virtual Syrian occupation without their foreknowledge.
Now I have doubts. As Brammertz has discovered Rafik Hariri had so many enemies of all kinds and capabilities that there are a nearly infinite set of possibilities as to who "got" him."