Clinton praises Hariri tribunal for issuing indictments

July 1, 2011 15:19

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday praised the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) after it issued an indictment on Thursday over the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, an official statement said.

Clinton called the indictment an important step, and said "We understand that this is an emotional and significant period for all involved, and we call on all parties to promote calm and continue to respect the Special Tribunal as it carries out its duties in a professional and apolitical manner."

She added, "Those who oppose the Special Tribunal seek to create a false choice between justice and stability.  Lebanon, like any country, needs and deserves both."

Lebanese Prosecutor-General Saeed Mirza did not disclose the contents of the indictments, but they are understood to accuse four Hezbollah members of involvement in the February 14, 2005, bombing in Beirut that killed Hariri and 22 others.

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