Hizbullah to block financing for Hariri tribunal

September 29, 2010 19:08


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BEIRUT — Hizbullah says it will try to use its position in Lebanon's government to block its funding for a UN court investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The possibility that the tribunal could indict members of the Iranian-backed Shiite militant group is fueling Lebanon's worst political crisis in years.

Lebanon pays 49 percent of the tribunal's costs, with other UN member states providing the remainder. If Lebanon fails to provides its share, other countries would have to step in.

Lawmakers this week delayed a vote on the budget over the dispute. But Prime Minister Saad Hariri — son of the slain ex-prime minister — has insisted it go forward.

Hezbollah spokesman Ibrahim Moussawi confirmed the group's plans on Wednesday.

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