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August 2, 2010 - Daily Star - Aoun: Tribunal must resolve issue of false witnesses

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader Michel Aoun said Sunday the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) to try suspects of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri cannot issue an indictment before resolving the issue of false witnesses.

Aoun’s ally Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has cast doubt on the STL’s credibility, called for forming a Lebanese commission to investigate false witnesses and described the court as an “Israeli project.”

For his part, the FPM leader saluted all efforts to uncover the truth about the Hariri murder, while slamming all attempts to blame the crime on a certain group in a bid to destabilize the country. Nasrallah had expressed fears that the court might accuse “rogue members” of Hizbullah of carrying out the murder.

Aoun also stressed that only the Lebanese and Hizbullah were currently capable of protecting the country. Aoun had toured the region of Kesrouan on Sunday to mark Army Day.

The former Lebanese Army General kicked off his tour by placing flowers on the memorial site of former President, Major General Fouad Chehab and then headed to the Ghazir municipality, where he was received by a crowd of people carrying FPM flags.

Aoun said that his visit to Kesrouan was not a coincidence and stressed the importance of Army Day.

“We are honoring Chehab who was the founder of the army … There is no alternative to the army because it is the symbol of Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence,” he said.

He was responding to the speech of Ghazir Mayor Ibrahim Haddad, in which the latter praised Aoun’s efforts in protecting the Christians of the East.

“While other people gave up and stood by watching, you adopted our case and showed your usual courage and trusted strategy to fight for our right to exist, now and in the future. You based your actions on your Christian faith and your belief in the message of Lebanon,” Aoun said.

The FPM chief continued his tour amid a warm welcome from the locals and celebrated Sunday mass at the Saint Simon Church in Yahshoush.

After the mass, Aoun attended a lunch held in his honor at the house of Karam Azar in Aramoun. Several other MPs and local figures also attended the banquet.

Aoun also made a stop at the villages of Jdeidet Ghazir, Harhriah, Al-Qatin, Al-Kfour, Al-Ghineh and Ghbeleh, where he was greeted by eager crowds carrying banners and orange flags – the symbolic color of the Free Patriotic Movement. – The Daily Star

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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