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July 17, 2010 - Yalibnan - Lebanon minister: Hezbollah is ‘accusing itself’ of Hariri murder

Minister of Social Affairs Salim Sayegh said Saturday that the continuous spy revelations reflect the strength of the Lebanese security services.
“These revelations do not reflect weakness of the security services, but on the contrary,” Sayegh told Asharq radio station.

“They show that the security services have for the first time used modern technology and equipment to achieve results,” he explained.

Sayegh was commenting on a speech given by Nasrallah on Friday.

Nasrallah linked the Israeli spy arrests to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Nasrallah criticized as “fabricated” the pending indictment of the UN-backed STL court an “Israeli project”

“The Israelis, who today stand impotent before the will, steadfastness, pride and readiness of the resistance in Lebanon are banking on another “Israeli project”, which is called the Special Tribunal for Lebanon,” Nasrallah said.

A preliminary report by the UN investigating team said it had collected data from mobile phone calls made the day of Hariri’s murder as evidence.

A reported in the German Der Spiegel magazine dated May 2009 revealed a link between Hezbollah and the assassination of Lebanon’s former PM Rafik Hariri, father of the current prime minister.

STL was formed by the United Nations to try the killers of former PM Hariri , who was assassinated on February 14 , 2005.

Initially Syria was accused of being behind Hariri’s murder , but ever since the Der Spiegel report surfaced, all fingers have been pointing at Hezbollah. Many analysts however believe that Hezbollah could not have done it without Syria’s help.

Sayegh believed Hezbollah was “accusing itself,” and said Nasrallah has issued an STL verdict “in advance.”

“It is shameful to say that there is a certain sect in Lebanon that is harboring these spies, whereas this king of talk creates these spies” Sayegh hit back at Nasrallah. Naharnet, Agencies

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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