Hezbollah has warned that the US-backed UN court, alleging to investigate former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri’s murder, serves to mount an assault on the Lebanese nation.
On Thursday, the Lebanese resistance movement’s Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said, "The (Special Tribunal for Lebanon) STL is an American assault on Lebanon’s strength and resistance,” Lebanese website Naharnet reported.
Hariri was killed along with more than 20 others in a massive car bombing in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on February 14, 2005.
Washington-sponsored tribunal was established about two years later to investigate the incident.
In an August public address, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah presented evidence proving that Israel had masterminded Hariri’s assassination. The televised address featured a video footage taken by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as recorded confessions by Israeli fifth columnists, substantiating that Tel Aviv had masterminded the killing.
The court, however, reportedly plans to indict some Hezbollah members in the incident — an allegation the resistance movement has fiercely rejected — and the United States has been applying pressure to block any challenge to the planned ruling.
Qassem said that US efforts are aimed at rendering Lebanon ”unable to confront the Israeli project."
In January, 10 Hezbollah-affiliated cabinet ministers quit the government of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, protesting his March 14 alliance’s “inability to overcome US pressure.”
Hezbollah’s second-in-command added that the March 14 movement was taking advantage of the tribunal as means of altering the balance of power in the country.
He emphasized that the camp is making efforts to regain the popularity it has lost and "seeking to create chaos.”