Saturday, July 9, 2011

Brief update III (Finally?)

The May 6th, 2011 blog entry, Interminable, looked at the latest happenings at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and wondered when the pre-trial judge, Daniel Fransen, would act on the indictments filed by the Prosecutor Daniel A Bellemare.

Well, amazingly enough, four indictments were issued June 30th, 2011, and their names leaked almost immediately. Four Hezbollah members. Reactions were swift, including from Hezbollah Secretary-General Nasrallah... The members of the newly-formed Lebanese government also were forced to respond to the indictments as their opponents tried to pin them down with respect to arrests of the suspects, support for the STL, etc.

However, much remains to unfold and it is possible that there will be many more twists and turns along the road before this gets wrapped up, bringing to mind a Winston Churchill quote from November of 1942, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning..."

STL Indicts Four Suspects in Hariri Murder
Special Tribunal for Lebanon indictment is here: Observations
Why Hezbollah Had a Really Bad Week
Robert Fisk: UN blames Hezbollah for Hariri bomb murder
Lebanon Fears Crisis with Issue of Arrest Warrants
Nasrallah Comments on the STL Indictments
Lebanese Ministerial Statement
- see article 14
The Cabinet and the STL

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