Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Is this the proof that Syria killed Hariri?

Wednesday, 2 April, 2008

Beirut - Lebanese MP Akram Chehayeb said that the statement made by Syrian Foreign Minister Moallem about the International Tribunal is a confession that Syria is behind the assassination of Lebanon's Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Chehayeb, a member of the Democratic gathering bloc, was responding to the statement made by Walid Mouallem during an interview with by ANB, in which the Syrian official said they "rejected an offer to facilitate the presidency against scrapping the International Tribunal" for trying the killers of Hariri.

Chehayeb said: "It is a well known fact that no power in the world can stop the International Tribunal, and for Mouallem to make such statements is a proof that Syria has been trying to swap cooperation on the presidency in return for scrapping the Tribunal, because the Syrian regime as well as the whole world know that it is guilty of the murder of Hariri, otherwise why would anyone make such an offer to the Syrians."

He added: Moallem's statement is a solid proof that the Lebanese ruling majority is not alone in accusing the Syrians of the Lebanese assassinations including the murder of Hariri. (Source)

Meanwhile, UN Legal chief Nicolas Michel said the International Tribunal will not be politicized and that this special court will operate in accordance with the highest standards set for criminal courts.

He was responding to a question regarding the statement made by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem, who stated during an interview with Lebanese ANB television channel "under no circumstances Syria will hand over any of its citizens to the International Tribunal."

The International Tribunal was formed to try the killers of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri who was assassinated on February 14 , 2005 along with 22 others. The Tribunal will also try the assassins in the other crimes that followed Hariri's murder. (Source)


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