MARCH 14 CALLS ON STL TO PROBE MORE ASSASSINATIONS

The March 14 bloc handed a petition Thursday to United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly demanding that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigate the assassinations of Lebanese officials, a U.N. spokesperson confirmed.

“The March 14 bloc has handed U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly a petition signed by 69 MPs to be given to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,” Future Movement MP Samir Jisr announced in a statement.

The petition calls for the STL to include in its mandate the investigation of assassinations that targeted Lebanese officials, starting with the attempted killing of MP Marwan Hamadeh in October 2004 up until the most recent assassination of former Minister Mohammad Shatah, adviser to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in December 2013.

The petition was signed by four former premiers as well as the Future Movement, the National Struggle Front, the Lebanese Forces, the Kataeb Party and independent MPs.

“Through this petition we reaffirm our devotion to justice in the face of assassination and the need to punish criminals and whatever new crimes they have committed,” the statement said.

Source: The Daily Star Lebanon, Feb. 28, 2014, http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Feb-28/248747-march-14-calls-on-stl-to-probe-more-assassinations.ashx#axzz2ujHWpLvs

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