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July 18, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Sakr says uproar over Nasrallah’s STL speech is over

In an exclusive interview with NOW Lebanon correspondent Hussein Dakroub on Sunday, Lebanon First bloc MP Okab Sakr said that the uproar raised by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is over.

Sakr also called on rival Lebanese factions to close ranks and end their political rhetoric, saying the country—including its tourism industry—faces serious threats from Israel. “What is required is the creation of a national safety network to confront these threats,” he added.

Nasrallah said in a speech on Friday that an indictment by the STL into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is an Israeli project designed to target Hezbollah by stirring up sectarian strife in Lebanon.

Nasrallah’s speech has since drawn harsh criticisms mainly from March 14 MPs and politicians, with some saying the speech fueled sectarian tension in the country.

Sakr demanded that a probe be launched into issues raised by Nasrallah’s speech, including politicians who criticized the Lebanese army intelligence for arresting alleged Israeli agents in the telecom sector, and the government decision on May 5, 2008 to dismantle Hezbollah’s private telecommunications network.

In his speech, Nasrallah implicitly criticized the Internal Security Forces (ISF) Information Branch for failing to arrest Alfa mobile phone company employee Charbel Kazzi, who was detained by the army intelligence last month on suspicion of having spied for Israel.

Sakr praised Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s visit to Syria on Sunday, during which ministers from both countries signed 17 agreements for cooperation in various fields.

“It is a crucial and important visit,” he said. “Lebanese-Syrian relations are, to a great extent, heading on the right track.”

Sakr, however, regretted that Hariri’s Syria visit was overshadowed by tension in Lebanon over Nasrallah’s speech.

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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