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August 19, 2010 - Daily Star - Hariri praises handover of STL 'evidence'

By Nafez Qawas

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri emphasized on Wednesday his commitment to the UN probe into his father former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s assassination and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) as the appropriate authority to seek justice.

“I decided to approach issues calmly and slowly and I made of silence a language that expresses itself and I am making simple [straightforward] statements so that they are not interpreted or explained,” Hariri said during an Iftar at his residence in Qoreitem.

Hariri praised Hizbullah’s decision to hand over proof the party said implicates Israel in his father’s murder to the Lebanese General Prosecution.

Hizbullah handed over on Monday documents to General Prosecutor Said Mirza, who in turn submitted the dossier to STL Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare but Hizbullah officials continue to stress that the party does not recognize the tribunal and refuses to cooperate with it.

Hariri also lashed out at media reports quoting sources close to him as outlets fabricating information.

“What you hear from me is true, I speak for myself and no one speaks on my behalf. I have a parliamentary bloc and a movement but some media outlets speak for me or quote sources close to me but I ask you not to take into account these claims since they are not true,” Hariri said.

Last week, As-Safir reported that sources close to Hariri quoted the premier as saying that if Israel refuses to cooperate with the STL, it would turn from a suspect to a convict. – Nafez Qawas

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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