Don`t politicise Hariri tribunal: UN chief

UN Chief Ban ki Moon said not to prejudge the outcome of the investigation.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 19:50 PM IST

Abu Dhabi: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said
that nobody should politicise the work of the UN-backed
tribunal investigating the assassination of Lebanon`s former
premier Rafiq Hariri.

"No one should politicise the work of the Special
Tribunal (for Lebanon)," Ban told a news conference in Abu
Dhabi, adding "the independent judicial process should not be
linked to any political debate."

"It is important not to prejudge the outcome of the
investigation," said the UN secretary general.

The powerful Shiite militant group Hezbollah and its
allies quit Lebanon`s cabinet last Wednesday because of a
dispute over the tribunal, set up to investigate Rafiq
Hariri`s 2005 assassination.

Talks on naming a new prime minister that were scheduled
for today have been postponed until next week, the president`s
office said.

Bureau Report