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The International Tribunal's Nightmare In March 8 Eyes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Naharnet   
Thursday, 25 December 2008


A pro-Hizbullah newspaper on Thursday said the International Tribunal would issue subpoena warrants for six ex-ministers from the minority alliance before the end of March and after the charge sheet is issued in the 2005 assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri.

The daily al-Akhbar, quoting majority sources, said the six ex-ministers would refuse to appear before the International tribunal at the Hague.

Such rejection would hurl the March 8 minority and "the whole of Lebanon into a new era in which March 8 forces would be outlawed by international law" apparently for rejecting cooperation with the International Tribunal, the report said.

The March 14 majority also voices concerns about possible assassination attempts targeting its "major leaders," the report added.

In a related development, the Mustaqbal daily, which reflects the viewpoint of the Hariri Clan, reported that the United Nations recently sent messages to member states asking them to settle their financial contributions to the International Tribunal's expenses for the send and third years of its services.

The report quoted U.N. Sources as saying the head of the U.N. commission probing the Hariri crime, Daniel Bellemare, would pursue with his investigation as Prosecutor General of the International Tribunal to "support the crime's already accumulated reconstruction theme."

"Bellemare would not link his efforts to a deadline," the report noted.

It said The International tribunal, which starts functioning by March, would "deal with suspects in line with its powers."

This, the report added, includes "charges, penalties … and all issues related to witnesses."

The Tribunal, the report said, would seek the help of the U.N. Security Council "when needed, especially in cases of non-cooperation in turning over suspects and convicts in absentia."  

Beirut, 25 Dec 08, 11:11


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