International tribunal into Hariri case takes its first steps
According to the prisoners’ attorneys, their detention is illegal, but the question of greatest concern is what will happen after they are moved, a necessary step for the trial.
Some press reports indicate that Dutch authorities are not willing to hold them in Dutch prisons or allow them to take up residence in the country should the Special Tribunal require that for their release.
The issue has had political repercussions in Lebanon as well, especially in view of the upcoming elections.
Whether the Special Tribunal decides to release or them or not could be construed as acknowledging or not a Syrian role in the attack with foreseeable consequences for pro-Syrian parties and candidates.
Last night Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar sent a letter to the tribunal confirming that the Lebanese cabinet intends to cooperate with it.
UN sources also said that the tribunal “will not deal with domestic Lebanese political issues.”