Jarrah: Mikati should explain how he did it


March 14 MP Jamal al-Jarrah said on Wednesday that the “way” in which Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the transfer of funds to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was “questionable.”

“Mikati announced the transfer of the STL funds without holding a cabinet session and without explaining how the transfer was carried out,” Jarrah a key member of the Future Movement bloc told MTV.

Jaraah also asked why “Mikati provided the funding if the court” is opposed by some parties participating in the cabinet.

“The Syrian need for the cabinet to remain [in Lebanon] made the parties participating in it allow the funding.”

Mikati announced on Wednesday that he transferred Lebanon’s annual share of funding to the UN-backed court probing the 2005 murder of former PM Rafik Hariri but did not explain how he was able to do it without the approval of the cabinet

According to sources close to the PM the deal he agreed to with Speaker Nabih Berri with the blessing of Hezbollah was to use the discretionary fund allocated to the premier in the budget