Prime Minister Saad Hariri denied that he had informed Hizullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's indictment will accuse some members of the party.
Sources close to the prime minister told the daily An Nahar Saturday that Hariri visited Nasrallah after his U.S. trip, and not before it, as the Secretary General had said, and that the meeting did not discuss the indictment.
Mustaqbal Movement MP Ammar Houri said after the movement's meeting on Friday headed by Hariri that the prime minister's main concern is confronting any possible Sunni-Shiite tension, quoting him as saying: "I will reject the indictment if it isn't based on damning evidence."
The MP also said that the possibility of Israel's involvement in former PM Rafik Hariri's 2005 assassination has not been ruled out, as was demonstrated in former investigator in the case Serge Brammertz's investigation that studied the possibility that a missile may have targeted Hariri's convoy.
The theory however, has not been proven.
Houri noted that Hariri does not know when the indictment will be issued.
The Mustaqbal Movement's Friday meeting also addressed Nasrallah's call for the March 14 forces to conduct a real revision and acknowledge its mistakes over the passed few years, to which the movement responded that it had conducted a revision through improving Lebanese-Syrian ties.
It added that it is now necessary for the other camp to revise its own actions, such as its sit-in in downtown Beirut and "other actions that threatened the fate of the nation".
An agreement was reached at the end of the meeting for the Mustaqbal MPs to simply "explain and deny" matters in order to avoid launching heated debates that would only negatively affect Hariri's efforts to ease the tension in the country.
Hariri's speech Saturday at Mustaqbal's founding conference is also expected to be calm, where he is set to stress his commitment towards the tribunal and ties with Syria.
July 24, 2010 - Naharnet - Hariri to His Bloc: Nasrallah's Story is Not True, I Will Reject the Indictment if it isn't Based on Damning Evidence
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.
Chronology - Chronologie
Détenus - Detainees - المعتقلون
International Criminal Justice
Videos - فيديو
- Now Lebanon : Crowds Gather to Show Support for International Tribunal, August 4, 2010
- IRIS Institute:La creation du TSL est-elle justifiee? - June 18, 2009
- Al Manar : Interview with Ali Hajj right after his release - April 30, 2009
- Al Manar: Summary of Jamil Al Sayyed's press conference, April 30, 2009
- AFP, Freed Lebanese prisoner speaks out - April 30, 2009
- OTV : exclusive interview with Jamil Sayyed - April 30, 2009
- Al Jazeeera English : Crowds celebrate Hariri suspects'release - April 29, 2009
- OTV : report about Ali el Hajj - March 18, 2009
Liens - Links - مواقع ذات صلة
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
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
* 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
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