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August 9, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Sakr hopes Israel is behind Hariri assassination

As-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted on Monday Lebanon First bloc MP Okab Sakr as saying that he hoped Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s statements Monday evening will incriminate Israel in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Nasrallah said earlier last week that he will reveal during a press conference on August 9 irrefutable evidence proving that Israel was behind the assassination.

“We hope that Nasrallah’s evidence is conclusive so it is presented to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL),” Sakr said, adding that it would be Lebanon’s satisfaction if Israel was found guilty of the assassination.

Sakr said that he expects Nasrallah’s speech to be calm as the latter is aware of Lebanon and the region’s delicate situation. “I believe Nasrallah has [taken the Baabda summit into consideration] and he wants to completely avoid sedition,” he added.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz and President Michel Sleiman held a summit on July 30 in Baabda in a bid to defuse political tension following Nasrallah’s July speeches, calling the STL an “Israeli project” aimed at harming the Resistance by stirring up sectarian strife.

The MP voiced hope that Israel would not benefit from the information the Hezbollah chief will disclose. “[March 14] places any evidence Nasrallah reveals in the hands of the STL,” he also said.

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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