The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) issued four arrest warrants in 2011 for individuals suspected of involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and the death of 22 others in February 2005. No arrests were made in 2012, and the warrants remain outstanding. The UK fully supports STL’s work, which remains vital to increasing stability in Lebanon, promoting respect for the rule of law and ending impunity for political killings. It is important that the STL, as an independent tribunal, be allowed to carry out its work and remain free from political interference.
In March, the UK announced an additional contribution of £1 million to the STL, bringing our total contributions to £3.3 million over the last three years. We have called consistently on Lebanon to implement its obligations to the tribunal, including the payment of its contribution and the arrest and transfer of indictees. We will continue to do so in 2013.