Last week, I interviewed Dr. Fatima el Issawi, spokesperson of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The full interview is available at Foreign Policy’s Mideast Channel, but I’ve pasted the first exchange below.
Much of the responses are of a general “statements of principles” nature, but I think that there are some things to be gleaned between the lines.
Muhanna: When indictments are eventually issued, whose responsibility is it to ensure that indicted individuals appear before the court? Is the Lebanese government compelled to carry out an arrest warrant on behalf of the court?
El Issawi: According to the founding documents of the STL, Lebanon is required to cooperate with the Tribunal at all stages of the proceedings. This means that the Lebanese government has a duty to respond to any request from STL for information, cooperation or deferral. Such requests would include but are certainly not limited to requests for detention or execution of arrest warrants.
In the same issue, see also Steven Heydemann’s very astute reading of what seems to be taking place behind the scenes. Also, Randa Slim cites my last piece for Foreign Policy by way of suggesting that Hizbullah has no real evidence that Israel killed Hariri, while As-Safir quotes the same piece, in support of Mr. Nasrallah’s case against Israel. Go figure.