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July 20, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Aoun fears STL’s view of Hezbollah will affect tribunal’s investigation

Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun told the press following his bloc’s meeting on Tuesday that he is “afraid the judges in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will develop a bad image of Hezbollah [because] when that happens, there will be prejudgments and gaps in the investigation.”

“According to my information, the Hezbollah members who were questioned by the STL are reassured and did not feel pressured,” he also said.

The STL is probing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Media reports say the tribunal’s indictment will be issued before the end of 2010. There are also reports that Hezbollah members could be named in the indictment.

“[Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan] Nasrallah expresses himself according to his way, and I do so according to my way,” Aoun added, referring to the Hezbollah leader’s Friday statement that the STL is an Israeli project that aims to incite sectarian strife in Lebanon.

Aoun also rejected reports that he told Nasrallah in a meeting last week to “change the rules of the game in Lebanon,” a reference to a Saturday article in As-Safir newspaper.

“I did not tell Nasrallah that [anyone] wants to kill him. This is not the way I speak,” the Change and Reform bloc leader also said.

“As-Safir’s comments were only political analysis. I hope the [paper’s] analysis will be wrong,” Aoun added.

He also said that Israel will not wage war against Lebanon if it is not collaborating with someone inside Lebanon.

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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