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Centre Libanais des droits humains (CLDH) a pour objectif de rendre accessible à l'opinion publique toute l'information relative au Tribunal Spécial pour le Liban : revue de presse quotidienne en anglais, francais et arabe ; documents onusiens ; rapports, etc...


4 Former Lebanese Officials Held in Hariri Killing, Ex-Legislator Released

Voice of America - 4 Former Lebanese Officials Held in Hariri Killing, Ex-Legislator Released, 31 august 2005.

By Edward Yeranian
A former Lebanese lawmaker questioned in connection with the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri has been released. But four key former security officials remain in custody on suspicion of masterminding the assassination last February. The four once powerful Lebanese generals remain in custody as a U.N. team continues their interrogation in a mountain town outside of Beirut. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Sinioura said the four detainees are suspects in the February explosion, which killed former Prime Minister Rafik al Hariri and 20 others. Beirut's respected Al Mustaqbal newspaper, which belongs to the slain former prime minister's son, says that the four men met repeatedly to plot their crime, and even visited the crime scene prior to the explosion. A top pro-Syrian politician, Nasser Qandil, was questioned by U.N. investigators late Tuesday, but was later released. State Department spokesman Sean Mc Cormack welcomed the arrests, saying the Lebanese people deserve to know what happened. He reiterated Washington's demand that Syria fully comply with U.N. resolutions. The U.N. Security Council also has welcomed the arrest of suspects, but a senior U.N. official said Tuesday that Syria is still not cooperating with the investigation. Edmond Sa'ab, the executive editor of Beirut's popular An Nahar newspaper says many ordinary Lebanese are rejoicing at the arrests of the four men whom they blame for killing Mr. Hariri. Even though, he says, many people believed the culprits will never be brought to justice. "There was a brainwashing campaign 15 days ago, through some newspapers and media in Lebanon that the international committee [U.N. investigation panel] is not serious and will not arrest or detain the accused people, because they are above the law and more powerful than Lebanon or the United Nations," said Edmond Sa'ab. The arrested generals, Jamil As Sayyed, Raymond Azar, Ali al Haj and Mustapha Hamdan, were close allies of Syria, which is widely believed to be behind the February bombing. Damascus has denied any responsibility, and Syrian President Bashar al Assad pledged, in an interview Monday, that his country would fully comply with requests of the U.N. investigating team.

Background - خلفية

On 13 December 2005 the Government of the Lebanese Republic requested the UN to establish a tribunal of an international character to try all those who are alleged responsible for the attack of 14 february 2005 that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. The United Nations and the Lebanese Republic consequently negotiated an agreement on the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Liens - Links - مواقع ذات صلة

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David Schenker , March 30, 2010 . Beirut Spring: The Hariri Tribunal Goes Hunting for Hizballah

Frederic Megret, McGill University, 2008. A special tribunal for Lebanon: the UN Security Council and the emancipation of International Criminal Justice

International Center for Transitional Justice Handbook on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, April 10, 2008

United Nations
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 19 Sept 2007
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 27 Mars 2008

Département d'Etat américain
* 2009 Human Rights report
* 2008 Human Rights report
* 2007 Human Rights report
* 2006 Human Rights report
* 2005 Human Rights report

ICG - International Crisis Group
The Hariri Tribunal: Separate the Political and the Judicial, 19 July, 2007. [Fr]

HCSS - Hague Centre for strategic studies
Hariri, Homicide and the Hague

Human Rights Watch
* Hariri Tribunal can restore faith in law, 11 may 2006
* Letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, april 27, 2006

Amnesty International
* STL insufficient without wider action to combat impunity
* Liban : le Tribunal de tous les dangers, mai 2007
* Jeu de mecano

Courrier de l'ACAT - Wadih Al Asmar
Le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban : entre espoir et inquiétude

Georges Corm
La justice penale internationale pour le Liban : bienfait ou malediction?

Nadim Shedadi and Elizabeth Wilmshurt, Chatham House
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon : the UN on Trial?, July 2007

Issam Michael Saliba, Law Library of Congress
International Tribunals, National Crimes and the Hariri Assassination : a novel development in International Criminal Law, June 2007

Mona Yacoubian, Council on Foreign Relations
Linkages between Special UN Tribunal, Lebanon, and Syria, June 1, 2007