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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...


July 20, 2010 - Yalibnan - STL: The Lebanese army will not arrest Hezbollah members if indicted

As Safir reported that the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal Canadian judge Daniel Bellemare went to the U.S. in the second week of July. He stopped in New York, then in Washington on July 8 where he met several officials including Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman .

According to As Safir , the purpose of the visit was to request U.S. aid to finance the work of the International Tribunal in the light of Bellemare’s concern that the Lebanese government could not afford to pay their share of funds to cover 49 percent of the expenses of the Court.

As Safir also reported that during his meetings in New York Bellemare pointed out that there will be at least two rounds of the indictments by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon starting from next September and around the end of this year. In the first round Bellemare will indict three to five members of Hezbollah and in the second round about 20 with various ranks including some key officials

According to As Safir Bellemare, will not be indicting any Syrians during this period and expressed concern that this could be misunderstood as exonerating Syria. As Safir said Bellemare had enough evidence to support six or seven charges in the indictments

According to As Safir , Bellemare said that the Lebanese military leaders told him in an informal way that the Lebanese army will not arrest any members of Hezbollah party if indicted by the court.

According to observers, As Safir may have leaked the above information to Hezbollah and this could have been the reason behind the recent intensified attacks against the STL by Hezbollah and its allies .

As Safir is very closely associated with Syria and Hezbollah

The observers believe that if the Lebanese army refuses to arrest the Hezbollah suspects then the STL can request the help of INTERPOL, The International Criminal Police Organization.

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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