Hezbollah Denounces STL Sentence against Al-Akhbar Daily: Politicized

Hezbollah denounced as politicized a sentence against Al-Akhbar daily by an international court investigating the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon sentenced Al-Akhbar editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin to a fine of 20,000 euros for “knowingly and willfully interfering with the administration of justice.” His paper was also fined 6,000 euros.

In a statement issued by Hezbollah’s Media Relations office, Hezbollah expressed solidarity with the Lebanese daily.

“These rulings are politicized and not linked to judiciary,” the statement said, stressing Hezbollah’s stance regarding the tribunal.

“This tribunal was established for political motives that serve the interest of major world powers. It (the tribunal) has no intention to secure justice and implement law.”

The STL had indicted several Hezbollah members for involvement in the 2005 murder of Hariri. Hezbollah firmly denies such allegations, stressing that the Tribunal was established with the help of major world powers in order to tarnish the image of the resistance and to “achieve with judiciary what they had failed to secure with war.”

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