Hizbullah leader expects 50 members of his party to be indicted
By Wassim Mroueh
BEIRUT: Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called for the formation of a committee tasked with investigating false witnesses that misled probes into former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination on Sunday.
“Go sit with them, and ask them who fabricated information for you,” said Nasrallah, addressing members of the would-be committee, adding that many Lebanese figures were involved in fabricating false witnesses and had answers.
He said his party was ready to join a cabinet or a National Dialogue session if it led to the formation of such a committee.
“We reject sitting with any side that will deal with us as accused individuals and try to reach a settlement,” he said. Last week, he said he expected members of his party to be indicted for the assassination.
But he said his party was ready to participate in the session if it aimed at protecting Lebanon and the resistance from an upcoming conspiracy, stressing that Hizbullah was not looking for a way out.
He addressed Hizbullah supporters gathered at the Martyrs Hall in the Beirut southern suburb to honor families of the party’s fallen via video link.
Nasrallah said the US and Israel wanted to target Hizbullah by fabricating an indictment of the party’s members in the assassination, after earlier attempts to do so hit dead ends.
He confirmed Israeli media reports about a Hizbullah indictment by the Special Tribunal For Lebanon, saying the international court itself was the source of the Israeli information.
“First, three indictments will be issued, then five, then 20 and then 50,” he added.
“Their problem [they have] with the resistance is that it rejects a weak Lebanon … and prevents the imposition of an American-Israeli settlement that wants to confiscate land.”
Nasrallah emphasized his party’s keenness in achieving justice and reaching the truth regarding Hariri’s assassination.
“Justice is based on truth, anything not based on truth is a second assassination of Prime Minister Hariri,” he added.
“We will not allow any small or large party in this world to hurt the dignity of the resistance,” he asserted.
He said the behavior of the STL would not eventually lead to revealing the truth regarding the assassination.
Nasrallah justified his position by saying the STL did nothing to hold false witnesses, along with their supporters, to account.
He lashed out at the tribunal for refraining from investigating four false witnesses, including Mohammad Zuheir al-Siddiq, under the pretext of lacking authority to do so. The Hizbullah chief said some false witnesses were still enjoying the STL’s support.
“Hold them [to] account, punish them, or at least expel them from within your ranks,” added Nasrallah, addressing the STL.
He also expressed surprise that the supporters of those false witnesses, some of whom he said included Lebanese individuals and foreign officers in the international investigation committee, were not held accountable by the STL.
Nasrallah furthermore discredited the STL, by saying it had kicked off its investigations with the probability that Hizbullah was implicated in the assassination in mind. “They came up with an accusation, a verdict and searched for evidence to support it,” said Nasrallah, adding that technical, transparent and fair investigations should work on all possibilities regarding the assassination.
Nasrallah also met Interior Minister Ziyad Baroud on Saturday. Hizbullah said talks between the two focused on recent developments in the country. The meeting was attended by Hizbullah’s security apparatus chief Wafiq Safa.
In a recent address, Nasrallah urged Baroud to investigate whether the Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch had knowledge about Israeli agent, Charbel Qazzi, before he had been rounded up by Lebanese Army intelligence.
Hizbullah leader expects 50 members of his party to be indicted
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