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July 17, 2010 - Yalibnan - Gemayel concerned over repeat of May 7 coup by Hezbollah

In an interview with the Free Lebanon radio station on Saturday, Phalange MP Sami Gemayel told Free Lebanon radio that Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech on Friday raised fears of witnessing a repeat of the May 7 events.

Gemayel is referring to the May 7, 2008 occupation by Hezbollah of west Beirut and its failed attempt to occupy the Druze stronghold of Mt Lebanon. Hezbollah’s so called ‘coup’ took place after the cabinet called on May 5 , 2008 for the dismantlement of Hezbollah’s private telephone network and the resignation of the head of airport security, Brigadier General Wafiq Shoucair who was perceived as too close to Hezbollah.

Shoucair resigned last week following a security scandal over the remains of a Lebanese that were found in a Saudi jet in Riyadh

Gemayel said he is not afraid of new May 7 events, “but if you ask me if it will happen again, I say a new May 7 could happen as long as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah makes such speeches,” Gemayel said.

Nasrallah commented in his speech on the recent talk about the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

“The Israelis are standing by helpless before the Resistance’s strength and readiness and they are waiting for the STL to create an uproar in Lebanon so they may live in a tense atmosphere that would lift the pressure off of them.”

A Der Spiegel report dated May 2009 revealed a link between Hezbollah and the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Gemayel reiterated his support for the STL, saying it remains “a red line” that should not be overstepped.

“Lebanon has two choices, either criminals remain free, or they are brought to justice so that the country can have peace,” he said.

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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