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Hariri tribunal hands out indictments

07-01-2011 09:40 BJT

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A UN-backed tribunal seeking the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri has handed indictments and arrest warrants to Lebanese authorities.

Local officials reveal that the tribunal has accused members of the militant Hez-bollah group of involvement in the 2005 killing of al-Hariri.

A delegation from the UN tribunal delivered the indictments and arrest warrants to Lebanese State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza in Beirut.

Lebanese officials say four arrest warrants have been issued for Hezbollah members including senior leader Mustafa Badreddine, who was jailed in Kuwait over a series of bombings in 1983.

The long-awaited move was hailed as an "historic moment" by the group led by al-Hariri's son, now opposition leader Saad al-Hariri.

Atef Majdalani, MP of Future Movement Bloc said, "We consider the release of the indictments as part of our martyr's rights, and these indictments constitute the first step to achieve the truth to ensure that justice is in order to stabilize Lebanon."

But the delivery of the indictments poses an immediate challenge to the new government of Najib Mikati whose cabinet is dominated by Hezbollah allies.

Mikati says it now demands a wise approach and putting civil peace, national unity and knowing the truth above all concerns.

Najib Mikati, Lebanese prime minister said, "We will deal with responsibility and reality with this incident, starting from that the accusations whatever there sources are not verdicts and the accusations need real and undoubted proofs, and any accused person is innocent until its accusation is proved."

But a Hezbollah-owned television station said the indictments show that the tribunal is politicized.

Analysts say Mikati, whose government has yet to win a confidence vote in parliament, now faces irreconcilable demands from Hariri's allies -- who want Lebanon to comply with the court -- and the majority of his cabinet who reject any cooperation with it.

Hezbollah denies any role in the huge explosion on the Beirut seafront which killed al-Hariri and 22 others in 2005.

The group has vowed to thwart attempts to detain any of its members.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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