March 14 MP Serge Torsarkissian said on Monday: “No one will be able to abolish the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) or change its course, not even Prime Minister Saad Hariri.”
It is wrong for some to assume that if Hariri resigns, a new cabinet could abolish STL, which is probing the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, Torsarkissian told Future News.
In a related development Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in London on Monday : “Official Lebanon still supports the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL),”
In his speech last Thursday Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called on “every official and every citizen to boycott the work of U.N. investigators” probing the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.
Tension escalated in Lebanon following reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s 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. Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have been calling for the abolition of STL.
Some leaders are concerned that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni strife.
MP Walid Jumblatt, who has been warning about the possibility of a strife ( if Hezbollah is indicted ) ruled out on Monday this possibility “thanks to the political awareness of all parties, ” he said in his weekly column in the Al-Anbaa magazine.