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Syria Aims at Annulling Hariri's Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Syria Aims at Annulling Hariri's Special Tribunal for Lebanon

The Syrian regime is aiming with all means possible to annul the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and tarnish its image, the Kuwaiti daily AL SEYASSAH reported Friday, quoting unnamed sources as telling "Beirut's Observer" website. The sources said Syria has demanded Syrian General Mohammad Nasif use all means possible in the media to publish fabricated news about the STL. Among such news is a story which was carried by Lebanon's leftist daily AS SAFIR saying the tribunal's indictment would accuse the Shiite militant group Hizbullah of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

The sources said that such stories will increase tensions in Lebanon, adding that such news will lead to a halt in the court's financing in order to maintain Lebanese civil peace. The STL was established to investigate the killing of Hariri in a massive truck bombing in Beirut. Syria has long been accused of the assassination, allegations it has denied.
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Title Annotation:SYRIA-STL
Publication:The Weekly Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7LEBA
Date:Jul 24, 2010
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