18-09-2019 05:47 AM Jerusalem Timing

Bellemare Responds to Sayyed Nasrallah, Claims STL “Credible”

Bellemare Responds to Sayyed Nasrallah, Claims STL “Credible”

STL Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare responded on Monday to Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech last Saturday, claiming that the investigations into the 2005 assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri was based on “credible evidence”.

Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare responded on Monday to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s speech last Saturday, claiming that the investigations into the 2005 assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri was based on “credible evidence”.


“The investigation is carried out according to the highest standards of international justice and its results are based solely on facts and credible evidence,” Bellemare said in a statement issued by his office.


Sayyed Nasrallah on Saturday rejected the so-called indictment, dismissing it as unfounded and a failed attempt to sow strife and bring down Lebanon's new government.
His eminence also displayed different video documents, proving that the tribunal was politicized.

Last Thursday a STL delegation handed over the indictment to Lebanese General Prosecutor Judge Said Mirza.


“The staff of the OTP [Office of the Prosecutor] act independently and in good faith in their search for the truth,” Bellemare said.
“The staff of the OTP has been recruited on the basis of their professionalism, impartiality and expertise, and I have full confidence in their strong commitment to finding the truth,” he added.


On the other hand, the Prosecutor also said he welcomed Sayyed Nasrallah’s “offer to provide the file that he stated he has on some elements of the investigation.”
Bellemare requested the video material that was shown on Saturday during Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech, as well as “any other information that would assist the STL in its ongoing pursuit of justice.”


Before Mirza-tribunal delegation’s meeting on Thursday was over, March 14 media started leaking the indictment’s content, including names of the accused.