Der Spiegel on Nasrallah, Hezbollah, and the STL Indictments

Der Spiegel, in a crtical review of the position taken by Hezbollah with respect to the STL and the indictments related to the 2005 assassination of Rafiq Hariri, suggests that Nasrallah faces critical challenges both with respect to the indictments and with respect to Hezbollah’s sources of funding. The drug trade is listed as one possible source of funding to make up for curtailment of funding from Syria and Iran; at the same time, Nasrallah has long been a strong opponent of drug traffickers.

The article names two high-ranking leaders that it believes are among four Hesbollah officials indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and for whose arrests warrants have been delivered to the Lebanese government, which has 30 working days to carry them out.

See Erich Follath, “Hariri or Harakiri? Indictments Come at Key Moment
for Hezbollah’s Nasrallah,” Der Spiegel, July 12, 2011.

The Trenchant Observer

See also The Trenchant Observer, “Update: Torture, The STL in Lebanon, and Obama’s “Way Forward” in Afghanistan, July 1st, 2011