15 Jan '11, 5pm

Lebanon in crisis as Hariri murder charges due

BEIRUT: Murder charges in ex-premier Rafiq Hariri's murder are due on Monday, a day after the Hezbollah leader, members of whose group are expected to be named in the chargesheet, is to address Lebanon. The long-awaited indictment and Hassan Nasrallah's speech come as Lebanon is facing a dire political crisis after the collapse of the government on Wednesday when Hezbollah and its allies resigned over the probe. Daniel Bellemare, prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) based in The Hague, is due to submit the chargesheet to pre-trial judge Daniel Fransen on Monday, the French newspaper Le Monde reported on Saturday. Lebanese acting Labour Minister Boutros Harb confirmed the report. "According to my information, the chargesheet will be submitted on Monday," Harb told AFP by telephone. Le Monde said on its Internet site that Bellemare will present his findings t...

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