UN Tribunal for Lebanon Submits Names to The Hague
The United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon submitted its report Monday to the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
The tribunal, which investigated the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, included the names of those it believes should be charged with the murder.
At present there is a media blackout on the names of those being indicted and the charges against them. Arab leaders and others in the international community are concerned about the reaction of the Hizbullah terrorist militia if its members are named when the list of indictments is released.
It is widely believed that senior members of Iranian proxy Hizbullah will be among those indicted for Hariri's murder, as well as those of 22 others who were killed in the massive truck bombing.
Last week, 11 Hizbullah-allied ministers resigned from the Beirut Cabinet, toppling the fragile unity government while Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri was in Washington for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama. Hariri proceeded to Paris for talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy following his meeting in Washington.
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has alternately accused the United States and Israel of being behind the tribunal investigation. “Should one expect that Israel or the United States will allow an Arabic political process to end smoothly?” Nasrallah said Sunday. “Never.” He also accused the prime minister, whose father was the murder victim, of conspiring with the United States against Hizbullah.