Bellemare's Office Requests 'Additional Information and Evidence Held' by Nasrallah, Says Recent Response 'Incomplete'

The Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon announced Tuesday that it has requested the Lebanese authorities to provide "additional information and evidence held by the Secretary General of Hizbullah" Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

"In response to the request of the Office of the Prosecutor, on 17 August 2010, Hizbullah officials hand-delivered to the Prosecutor General of Lebanon an envelope containing six DVDs. This material was handed over to the Office of the Prosecutor on the same day," a communiqué issued by STL's press office said.

"The Office of the Prosecutor has begun its review of the material. The preliminary assessment of the DVDs has determined that the response is incomplete since the material that was handed over is limited to the material shown during the 9 August 2010 press conference and does not contain 'the rest of the evidence' that (Sayyed) Hassan Nasrallah referred to in his press conference," the communiqué added.

The OTP said that the information received "will be thoroughly assessed," adding that "this can properly be done only if it is based on a complete record."

On the other hand, the communiqué went on to say that "the Office of the Prosecutor is continuing its investigation with diligence and applying the highest standards of international justice."

"The Prosecutor will determine when and against whom an indictment will be submitted to the Pre-Trial Judge for confirmation. However, no indictment will be issued until the Prosecutor is satisfied that, in light of all the circumstances, it is based on solid and convincing evidence," added the communiqué.