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August 22, 2010 - YaLibnan - Hezbollah official denies his party wants to topple STL

Minister of State for Administrative Reform Mohammed Fneish, a key Hezbollah official denied that his party has called for toppling the international tribunal and reiterated demands to punish false witnesses in former PM Rafik Hariri’s assassination .

“Had Hezbollah taken such a decision, it would have issued an official statement,” Fneish said in an interview with Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper.

“Since the international tribunal is saying that it was not within its authorities to punish false witnesses, any other authority should punish them,” Fneish said.

Fneish’s comment contradicts the remarks made by Hezbollah politburo member Mahmoud Qomati who stressed last Wednesday the party’s demand for the elimination of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon STL) .

Qomati said: “The tribunal has been politicized from the start and was initially formed to fulfill interests, and not discover the truth, but bury it.”

When asked why Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah now chose to present evidence about Israel’s alleged involvement in Hariri’s murder, the minister said: “We are keen on dealing with this big case with calm … We are keen on implementing justice.”

Fneish also claimed that Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told MP Walid Jumblatt two months ago about the indictment that will be issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

“Let no one tell me that Lebanese officials are not aware of the indictment and that Israelis haven’t talked about it … Let us not play with people’s minds,” he told the daily.

Nasrallah’s evidence was delivered to STL prosecutor Daniel Bellemare last week and the issue of false witnesses is now being handled by Justice minister Ibrahim Najjar.

Yesterday the Future movement which is headed by PM saad Hariri, son of the slain PM issued a statement in which it said “there is no such thing as a false witnesses file,” according to An Nahar .

“A false witness is one who takes the oath before the judge and then backs downs from his pledge” and this is not the case in false witnesses file in the investigation of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the bloc added.

Furthermore the Future statement noted that the investigation is conducted under great secrecy and no individual knows what the witnesses have stated “and therefore there is no false witnesses file to be handed over to Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar, but only a request to prepare answers to specific questions.”

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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