Monday, 27 June 2011

STL Indictment in Few Days: Lebanese Press

Local Editor
Lebanese newspapers reported on Monday, citing informed sources, that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) would soon release the indictment in the assassination case of former premier Rafiq Hariri.

Sources told Pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat that the STL was expected to make a request to Lebanese authorities to question five Hezbollah members in the next few days.

These sources told the daily that the names of the five people would remain confidential for a short period.

For its part, al-Hayat daily quoted a source in Paris as saying that the Lebanese judiciary will be informed on Monday or Tuesday about the indictment.

The last batch of Lebanese judges who are members of the international court has left Beirut through European airports to The Hague where the tribunal is based, al-Hayat said.

As-Safir newspaper also reported, citing well-informed sources, that the judges were summoned three days ago in an effort to protect them ahead of the release of the indictment and in its aftermath.

Other reports said the Lebanese authorities had received a copy of the indictment. However, General Prospector Saeed Mirza denied, telling al-Joumhouria newspaper that he “will announce it” when he receives it.

Leaking information related to the content of a judgment or indictment in any case is considered illegal.

Many other information were leaked since the STL was established, something which raises doubts over the honesty and credibility of such an international court.

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