France welcomes the action of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which on 16 June 2022 sentenced on appeal the defendants Mr Merhi and Mr Oneissi (?)in relation to the main case concerning the assassination of Mr Rafik Hariri. The decision was expected not only by the victims’ families but also by the international community. The verdict must now be fully executed.
France reiterates its steadfast commitment to the fight against impunity worldwide. Since its creation by United Nations Security Council resolution 1757, France has supported the STL – an independent and impartial court – in budgetary and technical terms.
France is committed to Lebanon’s recovery based on ambitious reforms when it comes to the rule of law, justice and the fight against impunity. The Lebanese people consistently expresses these aspirations. France will continue to stand alongside it.