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July 24, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Sakr: There are plots for a coup in Lebanon

During an interview with Al-Arabiya television on Saturday, Lebanon First bloc MP Okab Sakr said that there are plots for a coup in Lebanon and that only the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) can decide if Hezbollah is innocent of the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

This comes after Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday that the tribunal would indict Hezbollah members for Rafik Hariri’s murder, adding that his party would reject such an indictment. The Resistance leader’s words have increased tension in Lebanon and sparked a war of words between March 8 and 14 alliance figures.

There are plots by Israel as well as other countries for a coup in Lebanon, he said, adding that sedition in Lebanon is not possible because the March 14 alliance will not be dragged into any political struggles.

Sakr also said that Hezbollah must not be dragged into a coup and added that the Resistance must declare that it does not want any conflict or war.

The March 14 alliance does not know whether reports that Hezbollah members will be indicted are true.

The MP said that any rejection of an STL indictment will prove that Hezbollah was involved in the Rafik Hariri assassination. We do not believe the Resistance is involved in the assassination, he added.

“Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz’s expected visit to the region is historic” Sakr added.

King Abdullah is expected to visit Lebanon on July 30, according to AFP.

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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