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August 10, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Hezbollah’s campaign on STL linked to Iran, source says

Al-Liwaa newspaper quoted on Tuesday an unnamed diplomatic source as saying that Hezbollah’s campaign on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is linked to Iran’s nuclear program and the sanctions imposed on it.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah presented on Monday alleged evidence—including footage he said came from Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) monitoring former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and a confession from a suspected Israeli spy—in an aim to implicate Tel Aviv in the Hariri assassination.

Following the UN Security Council’s decision to impose a fourth set of sanctions on Tehran in early June, EU leaders as well the US Congress agreed shortly afterward to impose their own penalties against the Iranian energy sector.

“Iran aims to inform the US and Western countries that it controls Lebanon and [affects its situation] anytime it wants,” the source said, adding that when Iran is pressured, it responds by pressuring Lebanon through Hezbollah.

“Why did Nasrallah launch his campaign now? Is it a coincidence that this campaign synchronizes with [talks] about new sanctions on Iran?” the source asked.

According to Ali Velayati—the senior advisor for international affairs to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Khamenei— Iran is ready to discuss its nuclear program with the US.

Hezbollah’s campaign on the tribunal’s indictment will continue as long as the issue of Iran’s nuclear program is not finalized with Western countries, the source added.

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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