In an interview with Al Manar TV Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday confirmed that the prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) summoned Hizbullah members. ”It is true, in the past few weeks, the office of the prosecutor of the STL summoned a few members of Hizbullah. They summoned 12 party members and people close to Hizbullah . Now they will summon six other people, but we are in the process of verifying whether they are Hizbullah members or people close to the party.” Nasrallah said.
According to Nasrallah, this is not the forst time that STL summons Hizbullah members. “This happened in the past during the late months of 2008. Particularly after May 7 and prior to the release of the four generals. They also summoned Hizbullah members at the end of 2009,” the Shiite leader added.
Among those summoned from Hizbullah is a cultural official and another member who is a jihadist official and who was a companion of dead Khaled Awali, according to Nasrallah. "We have nothing to fear about anything, that's why we allowed our brothers in Hizbullah to go face interrogation," he noted.
He also urged STL to maintain secrecy. "We will urge the STL to preserve the secrecy of its investigations regarding the names of the summoned Hizbullah members and the content of its investigations,” Nasrallah concluded.
In May 2009 , the German magazine Der Spiegel revealed that Hizbullah is suspected of being behind the assassination of Lebanon’ s former PM Rafik Hariri.