Hezbollah chief refuses to cooperate with Hariri Tribunal


Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech via a video link on the occasion of World Jerusalem Day

He used the occasion to attack the direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The revived Middle East peace talks are “born dead”. The majority of Palestinian factions rejected such negotiations. “, he said

Nasrallah declared that “Palestine, from the Mediterranean sea to the Jordan river, is the right of the Palestinian people,” adding that Jerusalem cannot ever be the capital of a “Zionist entity” that has no legitimacy.

Imam Sadr

Turning to the issue of Imam Moussa Sadr he said :

“We did not take the issue of Imam Moussa Sadr’s disappearance to the International Tribunal. We say it out loud: Sadr and his two companions are being held in Libya and they should be released.”

“The Lebanese judiciary must shoulder responsibility in the disappearance case of Imam Sadr,” Nasrallah added.

Sadr, who disappeared during a visit to Libya 32 years ago, was still alive and being held captive by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son Sadreddine Sadr said in an interview that was published Monday by National News Agency.


Turning to the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) , Nasrallah reiterated that Hezbollah is not concerned with the international tribunal nor with the U.N. probe, and, therefore, will not respond he will not respond to a U.N.- appointed prosecutor’s demand for the group to hand over all information relevant to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The remarks come more than a week after STL prosecutor, Daniel Bellemare, said that a packet of evidence handed over by Hezbollah was “incomplete,” and failed to add anything to what Nasrallah had already disclosed at a news conference last month.

Bellemare also demanded that Hezbollah hand over all information relevant to his investigation, a demand Nasrallah brushed aside on Friday.

Nasrallah said he is ready to cooperate with the Lebanese judiciary and was ready to answer any follow-up questions it might have, but warned that his group would stop such cooperation if it appeared that the Lebanese judiciary’s role was simply to be a “post office box” between Hezbollah and the U.N. tribunal.

“It is up to STL Prosecutor General Daniel Bellemare to decide whether to consider Hezbollah’s information about potential Israeli involvement in former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s 2005 murder,” Nasrallah said.

He added “Now that the US is withdrawing in defeat from Iraq and Israel is “beset by predicaments,” all that is left of the American project is the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), “and I think we can overcome that challenge,” Nasrallah said.

Al Ahbash- Hezbollah clash

Turning to the issue of Aug 24 clashes in Borj Abi Haidar between supporters of Al-Ahbash and those of Hezbollah, he said it was “an individual incident that developed in a regrettable way and has no background,” he added.

He accused politicians of “blowing the Bourj Abi Haidar clashes out of proportion in order to exploit them” , and said ” those who think the incident reflects an Iranian-Syrian dispute are betting on a failed American neoconservative project,” Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday in a speech commemorating World Jerusalem Day.

Hezbollah-Syria and Iran-Syria relations are as strong as ever, he stressed

Explosion at Hezbollah arms depot

Hours before before Nasrallah delivered his speech, a large explosion rocked a village in southern Lebanon , according to a Lebanese security source. The explosion took place at a Hezbollah arms depot inside the village of Shehabiyeh , near the border with Israel.

The explosion was reportedly the result of a fire that spread to a building and detonated eight rocket shells, several hand grenades, and two gas containers, Reuters news agency quoted an anonymous security source as saying on Friday.



8 responses to “Hezbollah chief refuses to cooperate with Hariri Tribunal”

  1. Jean Haddad Avatar
    Jean Haddad

    Better don’t listen to his scrab he is surrounded with negative energy. Better to ignore him. Am happy HA gets new mission to free Moussa Al Sadr.

  2. this imam sadr story is to distract people from HA’s agenda which is to try to get as much sa it can through negotiations positions and seats in various establishment so as to not dimiinsh its power cos time is of the essence and your weapons will eventually merge with the LAF. what then?

    obviously you’re looking at other areas to maintain a grip on governemnt and civil positions so, please dont try to distract us with imam sadr. the poor guy is dead.

  3. Notice that’s an intelligent reaction, why would HA collaborate with a tribunal which somehow will accuse the opposition.

    Debate : Rafik Hariri was very popular enough to be more important than a president for example …

    Don’t wait for STL to look that way!

  4. CHRISTIAN Avatar

    this man is a joke, he almost thinks he can sae the world! nassaralah we dont need a another war boy if your so concerned about PLO and palestine go into israel yourself and well see how far you get…

    i think HA will refuse to coopeate with the lebanese government and the only way it will put down its arms is by virtual defeat.

  5. Does anyone knows when his next show is?

  6. Why didn t you take the issue of the disappearance of Sadr to the International Tribunal then?Why now ?Do you recognize the tribunal?!! Why reject all talks?Give them a chance!They might work and might not!And are the people going to live with fear of war with Israel until¨Palestine from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River ¨, is liberated!Some of the Palestinians have decided to sit and talk!!You have to understand that people have had enough of war!!!!!!!

  7. Tarie AL Fanarie Avatar
    Tarie AL Fanarie

    Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah is nothing if not a gifted speaker. His silky oratory is coated with reason and leavened with words that invoke emotion and fear – the Zionist entity, the American project, sectarian division and so on. And so it came as no surprise when, on Friday, in his speech to mark Jerusalem Day, he threw out a phrase that was pitched to capture perfectly his by-now-familiar, evenhanded and level-headed ideal of how Lebanon should operate. “We in Lebanon are committed to the balance of army, people and Resistance,” he said.

    No doubt it sounded like a great idea, a harmonious social contract that smacked of positive populism, one that implied our security lay in the hands of two credible bodies: Hezbollah, with its proven martial achievements, and the army, an office of state with its own brand of non-partisan, patriotic purity. With such a mouth-watering tripartite union, could anyone accuse Hezbollah of abandoning the state?

    Very easily, as it turns out. The phrase is nothing more than another serving of hot air and falsehoods. The reality, not to mention the irony, is that whatever Hezbollah does is always out of balance in a state that is supposedly founded on consensual dealings.

    Indeed, where is the balance between the Resistance and the army when a Hezbollah fighter can fire on a Lebanese army helicopter, like it did on August 28, 2008, kill the pilot, Lieutenant Samer Hanna, and walk free less than one year later.

    Where is the balance between the Resistance and the army when it is patently clear that the army, the military arm of the state, has no authority over Hezbollah and can never intervene or impose its will on the heavily-armed militia? The message from Hezbollah is thus: You can carry out your duty but on our terms.

    Moving on: Where was the balance between the Resistance and the people when Hezbollah took over the downtown district for 18 months, as it did between December 2006 and May 2008, forcing the closure of businesses and imposing the ever-present, albeit veiled, threat of intimidation?

    Where was the balance between the Resistance and the people when Hezbollah used weapons it promised us were only for fighting Israeli aggression to invade West Beirut, as it did on May 7, 2008, killing innocent civilians, including a mother and her child, caught in the crossfire?

    Where is the balance between the Resistance and the people when, two weeks ago, its fighters once again turned their weapons internally and brazenly slugged it out with members of Al-Ahbash in the Beirut neighborhood of Bourj Abi Haidar as terrified residents cowered in their homes?

    In fact, where was the balance between the Resistance and the people when, on July 11, 2006, Nasrallah made the unilateral decision to enter Israel and kidnap soldiers, an action that led to a month-long war and the deaths of over 1,000 people with whom there was meant to be a “balance”?

    And finally, where is the balance between the Resistance and the people when Hezbollah rejects the notion of an international court formed to bring to justice those who would seek to achieve political ends by using the bomb and the bullet and derail Lebanon’s democratic – a word, the root of which comes from the Greek demos: of the people – aspirations?

    Clearly Nasrallah means nothing of the sort. Hezbollah’s weapons exist first and foremost to ensure the perpetuity of the party. They were used on fellow Lebanese in 2008 because the government sought to curb a level of influence that it felt way exceeded Hezbollah’s “job description” as the national Resistance. Two weeks ago, despite Nasrallah’s denials, Hezbollah reacted to attempts by Damascus to clip its wings with similar firepower and contemptuous disregard for the people. Either way, the only balance the party wants to maintain is the balance of power…

  8. George Haddad N.J Avatar
    George Haddad N.J

    I always had suspicions that Iran and Libya cooperated in Sadr disapperance. here is one article to read and form your opinion as you wish..


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