Aoun, Diab Tell STL Lebanon to Pay Contribution despite Crisis


The Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Daryl Mundis has been told by President Michel Aoun and Premier Hassan Diab that Lebanon is committed to U.N. resolution 1757 which established the STL, media reports said.

Aoun and Diab also told Mundis that Lebanon will honor the payment of its annual financial contribution to the court, which amounts to $50 million, despite the severe economic-financial crisis it is going through, al-Joumhouria newspaper has reported.

The president is keen on abiding by the U.N. resolution “because the Lebanese state refuses to be outside the international system at the judicial and financial levels and because it wants to speed up the issuance of the verdicts in the case of the assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri,” the daily added.

A massive suicide bomb tore through Hariri's armored convoy on the Beirut seafront on February 14, 2005, killing him and 22 other people.

The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon has tried four Hizbullah operatives in absentia over the crime and the verdicts are expected to be issued later this year.

Hizbullah has denied involvement in the case, describing the tribunal as a U.S.-Israeli scheme and vowing that the accused will never be found.

Comments 10
Thumb janoubi 4 months

Save your money! Hezbollah killed the ex-prime minister and the whole world knows it.

Thumb thepatriot 4 months

Yep! But Bashar gave the order, and the world needs to know that too!

Thumb libanaisresilient 4 months

Sure, The same way MBS ordered the assassination of Khashoggi and now is blacklisted and has his assets frozen in America and other countries that fight for Human rights... Lol! Delusional!

Thumb libanaisresilient 4 months

We all know, American Justice is selective.

Missing peace 4 months

"which amounts to $50 million, despite the severe economic-financial crisis it is going through"
a drop in the ocean of stolen money from lebanese bankers and politicians...

Thumb libanaisresilient 4 months

Hariri should be the one to pay that amount from his own pocket! Lebanese people are jobless and in need of basics to survive, why not distribute 50 million annually to support the families living in extreme poverty in Tripoli and other regions? I bet US officials laugh out loud every time this Rental income is transferred to their accounts! Lebanese people have been played, starving people obliged to pay millions...

Thumb saint-valentine 4 months

This isn’t a waste of money, it’s an investment in Lebanon’s future because as we all know, there’s no future without justice.

Thumb LongLiveLebanon 4 months

The guilty and condemned must pay for their crime. Sooner rather than later. No one is above the law, let alone International Law.

Thumb libanaisresilient 4 months

It's taxpayers money not even a dime is reduced from Politicians salary. Congrats! You've been punked by America!

Thumb LongLiveLebanon 4 months

We also all know why Bashar el-Assad was the sponsor of this heinous crime.