Hariri Meets Security Chiefs as STL Verdicts Loom
Ex-PM Saad Hariri held talks Tuesday at the Center House with the country’s top security chiefs, four days ahead of the verdicts that will be issued by the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
A statement issued by Hariri’s press office said he met with Army chief General Joseph Aoun, military intelligence chief Brig. Gen. Tony Mansour, General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Imad Othman and the head of the ISF Intelligence Branch, Brig. Gen. Khaled Hammoud.
It said the discussions tackled “the security situations in the country and the efforts that the security and military forces are exerting to preserve security and stability in the various regions.”
The STL will give its verdict Friday on the 2005 murder of former premier Rafik Hariri, Saad’s father.
Four alleged members of Hizbullah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut suicide bombing that killed Hariri and 21 other people.
The judgment harks back to an event that changed the face of the Middle East, with Hariri's assassination triggering a wave of demonstrations that pushed Syrian forces out of Lebanon after 30 years.
Hariri's son Saad has said that he looks forward to a "day of truth and justice" while urging calm and patience.