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MP: STL Verdict Politically Motivated

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TEHRAN, July 2 (ICANA) – Iranian lawmaker Hossein Ebrahimi has described the Washington-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) as a kangaroo court that will produce a political verdict.
Saturday, July 02, 2011 10:06:38 PM
MP: STL Verdict Politically Motivated

“Following the formation of the government of [Lebanese Prime Minister] Najib Mikati which was not what the Americans, Zionists and French wanted, they tried to mount pressure on Mikati's government under the pretext of holding and supporting a tribunal regarding [former Lebanese Premier Rafiq] Hariri's assassination,” Ebrahimi said on Saturday.

Hariri was killed along with more than 20 others in a massive car bombing in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on February 14, 2005.

“I believe this measure will yield no results as it is political in nature and due to the opposition of Hezbollah and other countries,” the second deputy of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission added.

The Iranian lawmaker said the countries which opposed Hezbollah have tried to restrict and mount pressure on the resistance movement but they did not succeed in the past and they will not achieve their goals this time either.

The controversial STL, which has been investigating Hariri's death for the past four years with the help and support of Washington, submitted a sealed indictment and arrest warrants to the Lebanese Justice Ministry on June 30.

The pro-Western Future Television owned by the Future Movement of the victim's son Sa'ad Hariri said that the indictment had named four members of the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah.

The ministry, however, has yet to make the contents public.

Reports issued long before the indictment implicated Hezbollah and Syria.

This comes as Mikati has not yet presented the new government's policy statement to parliament.

A drafting committee has so far held six meetings to try and finalize the program. But it has failed to reach an agreement on the controversial issue of cooperating with the STL.

The previous Lebanese government, headed by Sa'ad Hariri, collapsed in January following the resignation of 11 ministers from the coalition cabinet in a dispute over the tribunal.

Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has warned against Mikati's delay in presenting his cabinet's policy statement, saying it could result in the collapse of the new government.

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