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Hezbollah is building its own statelet, says Marouni

Kataeb bloc MP Elie Marouni said in an interview published on Wednesday that Hezbollah is building its own statelet.

He told Al-Mustaqbal newspaper that Hezbollah’s reported attempt to expand its telecommunication networks to the Baabda village of Tarchich “aimed to [expand] Hezbollah’s statelet and has nothing to do with the Resistance or Israel.”

The Kataeb MP also said that Hezbollah’s telecom work in Tarchich followed up on projects in Zahleh and the highways of the region.

Similar efforts are taking place in Keserwan’s Mayrouba, Marouni added.

“Are the [telecom networks] an attempt to surround the Christian areas, or are they [tools] to [spy on] the Lebanese people?”

MTV reported on Friday that Hezbollah threatened residents of Tarchich after they prevented party members from installing a telecommunications network in the village.

Marouni also said that Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah ordered the cabinet to reject Lebanon providing its share of funding to the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating the 2005 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.

Nasrallah said on Monday evening that his party is against paying Lebanon’s share of funding to the STL because of the international court’s “aims, gaps and behavior.”

Hezbollah and other March 8 parties and figures have spoken out against Lebanon’s ties and funding for the tribunal and called it a tool to incite sectarian strife in Lebanon, however, Prime Minister Najib Mikati has repeatedly voiced Lebanon’s commitment to the tribunal.

Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL for the Hariri murder. However, the Shia group strongly denies the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court.  

-NOW Lebanon

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  • axan zirkionflish

    “Are the [telecom networks] an attempt to surround the Christian areas, or are they [tools] to [spy on] the Lebanese people?” BOTH!

    October 26, 2011