UN-backed court condemns Hezbollah boycott call

A tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri has said a Hezbollah call for a boycott was a "deliberate attempt to obstruct justice".

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 11:32 AM IST

The Hague: A tribunal investigating the 2005
assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri has said
a Hezbollah call for a boycott was a "deliberate attempt to
obstruct justice".

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah urged all Lebanese to
boycott the UN-backed probe Special Tribunal for Lebanon
(STL), warning that cooperation amounted to an attack on his
militant group.

He also alleged that the probe was passing on information
to Israel, Hezbollah`s arch-foe.

"Any call to boycott the Tribunal is a deliberate attempt
to obstruct justice," a spokeswoman for The Hague-based
tribunal told a news agency yesterday.

"The STL will continue to rely on full cooperation by the
Lebanese government and the support of the international
community in fulfilling its mandate," she said.

Lebanon is facing a full-blown crisis over The
Hague-based STL amid reports it is set to accuse members of
Hezbollah over the murder of Hariri, who was killed with 22
other people in a bombing in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

Hezbollah has accused the United Nations of interfering
in Lebanese affairs and called instead for a local
investigation.

PTI