Cabinet postpones discussion of False witnesses, report

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The cabinet session convened at the Baabda palace and is being chaired by president Michel Suleiman. Prior to the cabinet session Suleiman held a closed door meeting with PM Saad Hariri

According to a report by Now Lebanon the cabinet will bring up the issue of false witnesses today but will postpone discussions on the matter to another session.

In a related development Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar stressed during an interview on Wednesday with Saudi Okaz newspaper that the false witnesses file will never be transferred to the judicial council because it is not within its jurisdiction.

He told the paper that the file cannot hinder the Special Tribunal for Lebanon regardless of the tensions in Lebanon.

“This is a purely Lebanese file and it cannot impede or interfere in the tribunal’s functioning,” the minister added.

On August 18 the asked Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar to provide a report on the issue of false witnesses in the investigation of the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance has been demanding tht the false witnesses file be handed over to the judicial council.

Hezbollah’s leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said last July that he expects members of Hezbollah to be indicted in connection with Hariri’s assassination. Nasrallah restated his opposition to the STL in August, when he argued in a widely televised press conference that Israel could have killed Hariri, presenting what he alleged was Israeli surveillance footage, intercepted by Hezbollah, of the assassination site. Nasrallah intended this information to cast further doubt on the tribunal’s investigation and potentially derail its findings. On the other hand Nasrallah refused to provide the evidence to STL to support his claim.

Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have been calling for the abolition of STL

There are concerns that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni strife

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6 responses to “Cabinet postpones discussion of False witnesses, report”

  1. I really believe it is time to throw this STL away. Lebanon is back and the last thing any TRUE lebanese person wants is war.. lets leave it alone ..let the people in their hearts decide who did it and didnt do it.. let the people pick their sides.. i would rather we from time to time trade a dirty look over this than a round of bullets…

    Let it rest in peace..the same way we feel for our beloved stateman who has been forgotten amidst the bantering.. its lebanons best interest at hand now..your move Saad

  2. I really believe it is time to throw this STL away. Lebanon is back and the last thing any TRUE lebanese person wants is war.. lets leave it alone ..let the people in their hearts decide who did it and didnt do it.. let the people pick their sides.. i would rather we from time to time trade a dirty look over this than a round of bullets…

    Let it rest in peace..the same way we feel for our beloved stateman who has been forgotten amidst the bantering.. its lebanons best interest at hand now..your move Saad

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    I really believe it is time to throw this STL away. Lebanon is back and the last thing any TRUE lebanese person wants is war.. lets leave it alone ..let the people in their hearts decide who did it and didnt do it.. let the people pick their sides.. i would rather we from time to time trade a dirty look over this than a round of bullets…

    Let it rest in peace..the same way we feel for our beloved stateman who has been forgotten amidst the bantering.. its lebanons best interest at hand now..your move Saad

  4. joseph_phdmath Avatar
    joseph_phdmath

    how could you have a false witness and there are not even an indictment yet?
    this false witness issue is fabricated story to divert attention from the real issue
    the lebaneese governement and the politicians need to focus on the stl and protect it with all there power the stl is the only detterent force for the assasins and if that is stopped that means the lebaneese politicians life is in danger again and they could be assasinated anytime and the assasin coold.nt be punished
    the stl has the power to indicte any president or dictator in the world and bring them to trial at an international court
    the lebaneese politicians should support the stl with allthe powerthey got if they choose to live the stl is going to be there most powerful offsite bodyguard as a proof that there has not been any new assasination of lebaneese politicians since the stl was established a few years ago

  5. joseph_phdmath Avatar
    joseph_phdmath

    how could you have a false witness and there are not even an indictment yet?
    this false witness issue is fabricated story to divert attention from the real issue
    the lebaneese governement and the politicians need to focus on the stl and protect it with all there power the stl is the only detterent force for the assasins and if that is stopped that means the lebaneese politicians life is in danger again and they could be assasinated anytime and the assasin coold.nt be punished
    the stl has the power to indicte any president or dictator in the world and bring them to trial at an international court
    the lebaneese politicians should support the stl with allthe powerthey got if they choose to live the stl is going to be there most powerful offsite bodyguard as a proof that there has not been any new assasination of lebaneese politicians since the stl was established a few years ago

  6.  Avatar

    how could you have a false witness and there are not even an indictment yet?

    this false witness issue is fabricated story to divert attention from the real issue

    the lebaneese governement and the politicians need to focus on the stl and protect it with all there power the stl is the only detterent force for the assasins and if that is stopped that means the lebaneese politicians life is in danger again and they could be assasinated anytime and the assasin coold.nt be punished

    the stl has the power to indicte any president or dictator in the world and bring them to trial at an international court

    the lebaneese politicians should support the stl with allthe powerthey got if they choose to live the stl is going to be there most powerful offsite bodyguard as a proof that there has not been any new assasination of lebaneese politicians since the stl was established a few years ago

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