Key Hezbollah ally slams Hariri indictments

Walid Jumblatt said stability is more important than justice in this deeply divided country.

Last Updated: Jul 01, 2011, 16:07 PM IST

Beirut: A key Hezbollah ally is warning there could be civil strife in Lebanon now that an international tribunal has accused Hezbollah`s members of killing former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Druse leader Walid Jumblatt said during a Friday press conference that stability is more important than justice in this deeply divided country.

His support is crucial if Lebanese authorities are to cooperate with the international court.

Jumblatt`s bloc gives Hezbollah a parliamentary majority. It is likely to stall efforts of international prosecutors who have been investigating the 2005 blast that killed Hariri and 22 others in a Beirut truck bombing.

The prosecutors at the UN-backed court on Thursday issued indictments against four people, two of them Hezbollah members.

Bureau Report