Hariri calls on Hezbollah to hand over suspects to tribunal

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August 17, 2011 18:09

 
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Former Lebanese prime minister Sa'ad Hariri on Wednesday called on Hezbollah to sever ties with four of its members indicted for assassinating his father Rafik Hariri and hand them over to the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon to face trial.

"Hezbollah and its chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah should put an end to the policy of evading the STL, cooperate with the tribunal, and hand over the suspects in order to ensure the establishment of a fair trial,” Naharnet quoted Hariri as saying.

Hariri slammed Lebanon's Hezbollah-controlled government for its refusal to arrest the suspects and cooperate with the tribunal. “The rhetoric of attempting to outsmart the public … and attempts to escape responsibility in capturing the suspects will no longer work and these matters will only portray the government as failing to cooperate with the tribunal.”

The former Lebanese prime minister said that STL Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare had submitted evidence implicating the four Hezbollah men in the 2005 assassinate of then-prime minister Rafik Hariri that was "too overwhelming to be outmaneuvered.”

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