The four men accused of the murder of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, will not be arrested, says Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Hariri and 22 other people were killed in a bombing in the capital Beirut in February 2005.
On Thursday, a tribunal backed by the UN charged four members of Hezbollah, but the group’s leader is refusing to arrest them.
Speaking for the first time since the indictment Nasrallah said:
“We reject everything from the tribunal, including its false indictments and false judgements. We will not allow it to drag Lebanon towards strife or a civil war.”
Lebanese authorities have 30 days to arrest the men, but Nasrallah says that will not happen as they are ‘honourable brothers’. Hezbollah, a Shi’ite Muslim group, denies any involvement in the death of Hariri – a Sunni Muslim who had been Lebanese Prime Minister several times.