The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
STL refuses to answer questions raised by Amin
STL Judge Nicola Lettieri has refused to answer questions raised by the editor of Al-Akhbar newspaper Ibrahim al-Amin, in a move that reflects the STL’s unwillingness to go about its work while appearing credible by providing sufficient terms for a fair trial.
However, the STL’s contempt judge said the issues raised by Amin can be addressed after his initial appearance before the court.
Security plan for Beirut in June
March 14 to boycott legislation except pay hike
Al-Liwaa has learned that Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk has informed Beirut MPs that a security plan for the capital will kick off in June.
Machnouk said security will be boosted in Beirut in the coming days in an effort to keep the peace and crack down on any encroachments.
Meanwhile, Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan told Al-Liwaa that March 14 has decided to boycott law-making in the wake of a presidential vacuum, with the exception of the salary scale bill.
No pay raise
Even though Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has scheduled a legislative session for June 10 to vote on the pay hike bill, it became clear that a quorum will not be secured due to the insistence of many Christians MPs not to pass any bills until the election of a new president.
In a show of solidarity, the Future Movement has approved the boycott by the Free Patriotic Movement, the Kataeb Party and March 14 Christian MPs.
Aoun-Hariri negotiations will decide fate of presidential election
Sources from both sides say negotiations are ongoing between Free Patriotic Movement head Michel Aoun and Future Movement leader Saad Hariri.
The sources say Hariri has not made a final decision yet on Aoun’s candidacy.
“So far, he [Hariri] hasn’t said ‘No’ to Aoun,” one source said told Ad-Diyar.