Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called Sunday for the establishment of a Lebanese committee to investigate the issue of false witnesses in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.
"Let them set up a committee -- a parliamentary, judicial, security, or ministerial committee—and bring witnesses and Mohammed Siddiq … and ask them who provided them with the information," Nasrallah said via video link during a celebration in honor of Hizbullah martyrs at Shahed Institute in Beirut's southern suburbs.
"If they really want a serious start, the beginning starts here," he said after paying tribute to martyrs.
"The investigating committee had, since Day 1, worked on one assumption. It has fabricated an accusation (against Hizbullah) and came out with a ruling and then went ahead to seek evidence," he said in reference to the U.N. probe into Hariri's Feb.14, 2005 murder.
Hizbullah leader said the truth is achieved through a "transparent, technical and scientific probe."
"Should an Investigation Committee made of Americans and the British government where investigating officers are brought from intelligence services closely linked to the Israeli Mossad be entrusted with a big issue at this level?" Nasrallah asked.
"Is the behavior of some political forces in Lebanon and the Prosecutor and the International Tribunal the behavior of those who seek the truth?" he argued.
"Isn't it the Lebanese right to bring the false witnesses, who have misled the investigation four years, and hold them accountable? Or at least expel them instead of keeping them under your protection," he shouted.
"Distortion of the Resistance, the dearest to us, will not be allowed. We shall preserve the Resistance and carry on the path of Resistance," Nasrallah vowed.
He said Hizbullah demands justice for Hariri, but not at the expense of the Resistance.
"If truth was not found, there will be no justice," he added. "We demand justice. Justice to punish Hariri's killers. And anything other than that is unjust."
"We are the side that is being accused. What the Israeli media is saying in this respect overlaps with our data," Nasrallah confirmed.
Nasrallah said that Hizbullah chose July 25 to celebrate "because it coincides with the martyrdom of Ahmed Jagbir who, along with his comrades, reiterated the saying 'Israel is weaker than a spider's web'."
"The Resistance is the most precious thing we have and we won't allow anyone in the world -- small or big -- to hurt its dignity.
He recalled that in 2006, the "Resistance was able to crush the 'new Middle East plan,' during which wars were waged on several countries in the region and other countries were threatened with war in which many people from outside and inside were involved."
"This Resistance made Lebanon in the heart of the regional equation after it was inferior. It made Lebanon a player.
"Many people helped the Resistance in Lebanon, from Iran to Syria to all honorable people, but the Resistance was the one that fought and everyone, but the Lebanese, knows the value of the Resistance.
"The Resistance made Lebanon strong where officials visit to Lebanon. The Resistance is the reason that leaders meet you abroad," Nasrallah said, addressing Lebanese political leaders.
"Unfortunately, the enemies of Lebanon realize the value of what Lebanon has more than some Lebanese.
"This is why they plan to take away this thing that Lebanon owns. They may bargain on gas and oil, but they can never bargain on the Resistance.
"Hizbullah won't allow anybody in this world to impose conditions on it. It rejects the U.S.-Israeli compromise which desires to confiscate land and deny millions of Palestinians their right to return to their homes.
"War on the Resistance will continue, and Feltman himself admitted this before Congress, and Israel unanimously acknowledged its defeat in 2006 and the Americans know that they were defeated in Lebanon.
"Distortion of the Resistance, the dearest to us, will not be allowed. We shall preserve the Resistance and carry on the path of Resistance," Nasrallah promised.
Nasrallah said celebrations to mark Hizbullah's victory in the July 2006 war will take place Aug. 3 and not July 30 as planned.
He also called for political support and talks.
"There are a lot of preparations being made against Lebanon and the Resistance.
"If the Cabinet or the national dialogue committee meets to discuss the issue, we will support that," Nasrallah said.
"There is something being prepared (against Hizbullah). So we must together consider how to confront it, how to deal with this matter," Nasrallah added.
July 25, 2010 - Naharnet - Nasrallah Urges Establishment of Lebanese Committee to Investigate False Witnesses in Hariri Case
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