Friday, July 01, 2011

A step closer towards Justice?

Progress has been made in seeking retribution for the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The UN has issued four arrest warrants, which include members of Hezbollah. However the question is whether the Lebanese government will have the courage to arrest and try the defendants. The government has 30 days to serve out the arrest warrants.

Hezbollah has always said that it would retaliate if any of its members were convicted. It states the tribunal is a plot orchestrated by the US, Israel and France.

The issue for the Lebanese government is to balance the need of justice in arresting and convicting the defendants, and ensuring that sectarian unrest does not explode as a result of naming them. Given that Hezbollah is part of the new Lebanese government it will prove difficult as to how the indicted Hezbollah members will be arrested.

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