Everyone knows STL will target Hezbollah, says official


Agriculture Minister Hussein al-Hajj Hassan, a key Hezbollah official told New TV on Wednesday that everyone knows that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)’s pending indictment will target his party.

“In my opinion, indicting Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is unacceptable,” Hajj Hassan said.

Tension escalated in Lebanon after reports said that the STL will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. last July, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Assiri said yesterday that “the international tribunal is an internal Lebanese affair,” and has reportedly stressed during a meeting with a Hezbollah delegation on Wednesday that the Lebanese through dialogue and understanding, should produce a Lebanese plan to deal with the repercussions of the STL indictment.