Saad Hariri demanded die This Saturday, the Lebanese government called on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to “make its financial contribution” and called for it die international community in of these acts “to take their responsibility”.
The tribunal was set up to indict those die were involved in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and the tribunal, which receives 51% of its funding from voluntary contributions and 49% from the Lebanese government, ceased operations after July when die Financing issue was not resolved.
On Thursday, United Nations Tribunal judges canceled a new trial of Salim Ayyash, convicted of the murder of Hariri because they expected the court to run out of money and be forced to close before his mission can be completed .
Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri held die Decision of the Special Court for Lebanon for “sad” and demanded die international community to take their responsibility and die Lebanese government to pay its share of the funding.
He said that die Closing the tribunal could halt its work, which is crucial to ending the political killings in Lebanon. He said in a statement: “It’s a sad decision that die Justice has stalled and we need it most, and it is painful that die Reasons are of a financial nature. “
This comes the day after die Lebanese government, die in its worst economic crisis die The United Nations has appealed to find “alternative means” to fund the International Tribunal investigating several murder crimes in the country.
The calling of the executive government was Hassan Diab die first official statement after the court said on Wednesday that “without immediate funding, it will not be able to continue its work after July”.
This court was established at the request of Lebanon and in accordance with a Security Council resolution under binding Chapter VII in May 2007 to investigate murder crimes, in particular die Assassination of Rafik Hariri on February 14, 2005.
The court with seat in Leidschendam near The Hague in the Netherlands started work in early March 2009. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, extended his mandate for two years last February.
After 15 years of investigation that cost more than 800 million euros, the court convicted Salim Ayyash, a member of Hezbollah, on August 18, 2020, for “premeditated murder” in the Hariri murder by bombing his motorcade in downtown Beirut, 21 other people killed and 226 injured. Injured. Three other defendants were acquitted. The verdict against die four were challenged on an out-of-court basis.
According to its announcement, the court has cut its budget for 2021 by around 37% compared to previous years in view of the “difficult conditions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the worrying situation in Lebanon”.
Since the summer of 2019, Lebanon has been experiencing an accelerating economic collapse, the worst in the history of the country.
The court said Thursday that it is continuing its “intense efforts to die necessary funds for die Completing his important work to procure, and reiterating his urgent appeal die international community to continue to support them financially ”.
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