| 21 June 2021, Monday | النسخة العربية

Bahaa Hariri to the UN Security Council: We have concerns about halting Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Sheikh Bahaa Hariri sent a letter to representatives of the United Nations Security Council, expressing his concerns about halting the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Hariri said: “I was really concerned when I read this week reports that the essential work being done by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has been halted, as the country is unable anymore to fulfill its financial obligations.” Investigations in martyr Rafik Hariri’s assassination is critical and must be supported, he added.

Hariri added: “This court has a unique but crucial role at the Lebanese and global level. It has played an essential role in reaching the truth, accountability, and justice, in a region still plagued by problems.”

The conviction of Salim Ayyash last August, for his role in 2005 assassination crime, is an evidence that the perpetrators of the most terrible crimes will no longer be able to escape from their criminal acts. However, halting the International Criminal Court is a message that people of malicious intent are now free and will not be punished. ”

Sheikh Bahaa  also welcomed United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’s call for donors to rapidly intervene, in order to fill the financial gap in the budget of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. He added: “It is obvious that the international justice is stalled by the hitches that Lebanon is suffering from, as the corruption and the inefficiency of the rulers and officials has destroyed the economy.”