Hariri court ruling `null and void`: Khamenei

Khamenei dismissed as `null` any ruling by the UN court probing the 2005 murder of Rafiq Hariri.

Tehran: Iran`s supreme leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei on Monday dismissed as "null and void" any ruling by
the UN court probing the 2005 murder of former Lebanese
premier Rafiq Hariri, state television reported.

"This tribunal is receiving orders from elsewhere and
whatever ruling it hands down is null and void," Khamenei told
visiting Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in a
meeting, state television reported.

The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon said on
December 9 that it will "very, very soon" file indictments for
the February 14, 2005 killing of Hariri and 22 others in a
Beirut bomb blast.

It is reportedly set to indict high-ranking operatives
of the Shiite movement Hezbollah, Lebanon`s most powerful
military force, which is backed by Tehran and Damascus.

Iran`s English-language Press TV also reported on its
website that "Khamenei says any ruling by the US-sponsored
Special Tribunal for Lebanon is null and void."

PTI

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