Fatfat : Nobody can prevent STL from issuing indictments


March 14 MP Ahmad Fatfat told MTV on Sunday that no one can prevent the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) from issuing its indictments.

“Those accused of the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri are traitors,” Fatfat also said

His comment comes after reports of Hezbollah leader’s insistence that Prime Minister Saad Hariri should declare Hezbollah innocent.

Fatfat said that the indictment should not be judged before it is issued and that no one will accept the indictment if it is not based on facts.

STL, which is an independent court was formed by the United Nations security council to try the killers of the former Lebanese PM.

No one really knows what the contents of the STL indictments will be like , but Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah admitted in his speech on Thursday July 22 that some of his party members would be named in the tribunal’s formal charges but stressed that he will reject the indictments.

Nasrallah’s speech followed a July 20 report in the pro-Syrian newspaper, Al Safir which revealed that Hezbollah members will be indicted by STL in the assassination of Hariri.

Nasrallah’s recent speeches created tension not seen since May 2008 when Hezbollah occupied western Beirut and tried (but failed ) to occupy Mt Lebanon .

The recent tension prompted the visit by the Saudi and Syrian leaders last Friday to try and calm the situation in Lebanon. Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani also arrived last Friday on a 3 day official visit with the aim of reducing tension in Lebanon

Nasrallah’s speech sparked a war of words between the March 8 and March 14 alliances and the latter made it clear that it adheres to the STL.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz visited Lebanon on Friday in an attempt to ease tension caused by Nasrallah’s speech. Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani also arrived in Lebanon for a three-day visit on Friday to meet with Lebanese leaders.

Fatfat said that the Arab leaders’ visit to Lebanon shows the Arabs’ concern over Lebanon’s stability.