President, Speaker seek to islolate cabinet from STL disputes


March 14 MP Ammar Houri told Now Lebanon that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) probe is a judicial matter that must be separated from political disputes in Lebanon.

“Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Future bloc or the Future Movement will not take part in the STL debate in Lebanon ,” Houri said.

“Those who anticipate the tribunal’s indictment would be intervening in its workand politicizing it,” Houri said.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah earlier this month questioned STL’s credibility and called for forming a Lebanese commission to investigate alleged false witnesses used in the tribunal’s investigation into the murder of Rafik Hariri.

STL is not expected to be discussed by the cabinet during a session to be held at President Michel Suleiman’s summer residence in Beiteddine, Souf on Wednesday.

Ministerial sources told al-Liwaa newspaper in remarks published Tuesday that “no one has an interest in transferring differences to the cabinet.”

The sources said that Speaker Nabih Berri has made several contacts to separate the investigation from the government.

Suleiman also prefers to keep the cabinet away from the issue in order to avoid a government crisis, the sources said.

The council of ministers is expected mainly to deal with the latest initiative to gather funds to equip the Lebanese army, the sources said.



4 responses to “President, Speaker seek to islolate cabinet from STL disputes”

  1. Jean Haddad Avatar
    Jean Haddad

    Reading an interesting article that HA has moved the StL issue into the parliament to debate and it seems Nasralleh has given 3 conditions to the government in order to handover the evidence to bellemare. He is threatening to break down the government if they won’t apply with the 3 given conditions and he wants to force Hariri to appear in public rejectcting the stl matter.

    To be continued ……..

    1. Jean, Hezbollah wants to create doudt in the mind of lebanese, so he is using his so call evidence, and the fact that general sayyed was a detainee released by STL.

      But every one who understand how the law works, would say the release of general sayyed it is not based necessarily on false witness but mostly on lack of evidence. Conclusion they are scared that the STL will gain on it credibility instead of loosing it like they hope…

  2. empty threats for sure. like i said, people get tired of someone’s threats that after a while they get fed up and the person threatening will see that they’re no longer buying it so they will back down.

    i actually like this move where there will be a separation between the STL indictments and political processes.

    absolutely commendable and its about time.

  3. Jean Haddad Avatar
    Jean Haddad

    Great, 3 posters and 3 plusses each

    We were fair to each other

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