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August 4, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Jumblatt from Damascus: STL should not be politicized

Following his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Wednesday, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt told the press that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) – probing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri – should not be politicized.

Western states want the tribunal to be used for purposes other than uncovering the truth behind Hariri’s murder, Jumblatt said.

“The West will likely use Lebanon and Iraq to weaken Arab retaliation represented by Syria,” Jumblatt said.

He also said that Israeli assaults against the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on the border on Tuesday reflect Israeli aggression.

“Israeli attacks prove the need for the LAF and the Resistance as a guarantee for Lebanon,” Jumblatt said. Meanwhile, the Syrian president said that the Resistance is the guarantee for Lebanon’s safety against the Israeli aggressions.

The LAF and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) exchanged fire at the border village of Aadaiseh on Tuesday, with each side accusing the other of having started the fighting.

Two Lebanese soldiers, a journalist and a senior Israeli officer were killed in the clashes, according to sources from both sides.

The Syrian National News Agency (SANA) quoted on Wednesday Jumblatt and Assad as saying that Israel will not succeed in hindering the Arab League’s efforts to defuse tension in Lebanon.

They also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility and stop Israel’s aggression in the region.

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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