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July 22, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Nasrallah says STL will indict Hezbollah members

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday during a press conference that Prime Minister Saad Hariri told him in May that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) – probing the 2005 assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri – will indict Hezbollah members.

He said that “out of his keenness to ensure national unity, Hariri told me [despite the indictment, he will say] that the party is not connected [to the killing].”

“Everyone is talking about the [STL’s] upcoming indictment and agrees that [Hezbollah members will be accused], even before the indictment is issued,” said Nasrallah, adding, “We reject the idea that Hezbollah members might be indicted.”

However, the Hezbollah chief said that the indictment would accuse “undisciplined Hezbollah members.”

“Hezbollah is not afraid of anything. Those who conspire against the Resistance and against Lebanon are the ones who should worry,” Nasrallah reiterated.

He called on the March 14 leadership to seriously reconsider its positions, praising Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt for “having the courage to review his stances and to admit his mistakes.”

Jumblatt split from the March 14 alliance in August 2009 and reconciled with past political rivals, including Hezbollah and Syria.

“March 14 should [apologize to] Syria since in 2005 [they] were very wrong, and [they] almost dragged this country into destruction,” said Nasrallah, adding, “I have told PM Hariri that I will accuse Syria of killing [former PM Rafik Hariri] if there is evidence.”

The March 14 leadership had long accused Syria of being involved in the assassination.

Nasrallah said that his party “does not accept anything from the STL unless it has tangible evidence.”

He also stated he will not address the issue of a cabinet change before the STL issues its indictment, adding, “We will see what happens after the [STL] indictment [is issued].”

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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