Khamenei says any Hariri tribunal ruling "null"

AFP, Monday 20 Dec 2010

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that any ruling by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating Hariri's assassination is "null"

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei smiles while attending an official meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri (not pictured) in Tehran 29 November 2010. (Reuters)

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday dismissed as "null and void" any ruling by the UN court probing the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri, state television reported.

"This tribunal is receiving orders from elsewhere and whatever ruling it hands down is null and void," Khamenei told visiting Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in a meeting, state television reported.

The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon said on December 9 that it will "very, very soon" file indictments for the February 14, 2005 killing of Hariri and 22 others in a Beirut bomb blast.

It is reportedly set to indict high-ranking operatives of the Shiite movement Hezbollah, Lebanon's most powerful military force, which is backed by Tehran and Damascus.

Iran's English-language Press TV also reported on its website that "Khamenei says any ruling by the US-sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon is null and void."

 

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