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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Arab lawyers have called on Lebanon and the rest of the Arab world to embrace the UN-backed tribunal set up to prosecute the assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
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Lawyers from the Arab world are meeting to discuss the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as the court prepares to publish the first indictment — expected within a few weeks — naming suspects in the 2005 truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others.
Mohammed Ayat, a senior legal advisor to the prosecutor of the Rwanda
Tribunal, told Tuesday's conference the Arab world "cannot be a simple
observer" in international efforts to prosecute atrocities.
There are fears that Hizbullah will block the tribunal's work after its candidate, Najib Mikati,
was named Lebanon's new prime minister.However Last week, the
Iranian-backed group denied having place any
demands on the billionaire businessman it chose to become prime minister
Hizbullah and its allies toppled Lebanon's
Western-backed government two weeks ago and secured enough support in
parliament to name Mikati as their pick for prime minister.
did not give a list of conditions to Prime Minister Mikati," the head of
Hizbullah 's 12-member bloc in parliament said. "What we asked for is a
national partnership and a national salvation government in which
everyone cooperates for the interest of the country."