Geagea says Hezbollah cannot ignore the STL

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Monday that Hezbollah cannot declare that it has nothing to do with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), noting that the Shia party had been represented in the previous cabinet that approved Lebanon’s commitment to the international tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

“The STL is not some kind of ‘barber shop’ that anyone can enter and leave whenever he wishes to,” a statement issued by Geagea’s office quoted him as saying.

“[Playing] with the STL will lead to strife and will place Lebanon in conflict with the Arab and international community,” he added.

The LF leader also said that the main parties that form the cabinet are Syria from one side and Hezbollah from the other, and “this is not a secret that shouldn’t be revealed.”

He added that March 14’s opposition to this cabinet “will be constructive and democratic.”

The new Lebanese cabinet—headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati—was formed on June 12 after almost five months of deliberations between the March 8 parties.

Before bringing down Saad Hariri’s cabinet in January, Hezbollah had been pressing him to disavow the STL, which is probing the 2005 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri and likely to implicate members of the Shia group.

-NOW Lebanon