Hezbollah is trying to politicize Lebanon Tribunal, says Feltman


US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told Al-Arabiya TV on Tuesday that “Hezbollah is trying to politicize the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).”

Tension escalated in Lebanon after reports said that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon 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. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL to support his claim.

The UN Security Council voted for establishing the tribunal and it is up to the council to cancel it, should it decide to, Feltman said, adding that the US excludes this possibility.

“We do not know what the STL’s indictment is and we should not know its content,” he added.