During a press conference following Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting on Tuesday its leader MP Michel Aoun defended Hezbollah over its refusal to hand over its four members where were indicted in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister .
He also attacked March 14 parties for criticizing Hezbollah ‘s action with regards to the 4 suspects and accused them of “inciting sectarianism.”
Hezbollah “has every right to defend the innocence of the suspects” indicted by the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for the 2005 assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri. Aoun said and added :“The Future Movement and its March 14 allies are inciting sectarianism,”
He also defended Hezbollah over the recent security incidents in the Jbeil town of Lasa where a church deacon was beaten on Friday night while being accompanied by security forces. The majority in Lasa are Shiites who support Hezbollah .
“None of the Lasa suspects beat the Church deacon on Friday,” Aoun said, instead blaming security forces for not preventing the violence.
Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL for the Rafik Hariri murder. However, the Shia group strongly denied the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court.
Aoun reiterated Tuesday an earlier warning that he would withdraw his ministers from Cabinet if the electricity proposal he put forth was not endorsed by the government.
“We hope that the electricity proposal is adopted, otherwise what we previously said about our resignation from government still stands and there is no need for us to repeat this. All those concerned have been informed,” Aoun said
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