Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday that authorities would never be able to arrest four members of his militant group who have been indicted in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
In a televised address, Nasrallah said that "even in 300 years" the men will not be turned in. The Shiite militant group has denied any role in the killing.
Nasrallah's speech marked his first comments since the indictment was announced on Thursday. A high-ranking Hezbollah militant and three others were accused in the 2005 assassination of Hariri.
Narallah insisted that the UN-backed tribunal investigating the Hariri assassination was dominated by America and Israel and called its decision "an aggression against us and our holy warriors."
Nasrallah said the suspects named in the indictment were brothers "who have an honorable history in resisting Israeli occupation."
"I tell our followers not to be worried, the tribunal is part of the war against us, because we are leading a confrontation against Israel..." Nasrallah said.
The suggestion that the group was involved in the assassination threatens to plunge Lebanon into a new and violent crisis as the case has further polarized Lebanon's rival factions.
Nasrallah said on Saturday that the tribunal aimed to create strife in Lebanon but that the country would not descend into conflict.
"The most dangerous goal of this tribunal is to create strife, a civil war in Lebanon, or especially a division between the Sunni and Shiite in Lebanon," Nasrallah said.
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