Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Tuesday reiterated his call for justice in the assassination case of his father, stressing that he has never sought vengeance against anyone.
"We have been demanding justice because we believe that it protects Lebanon, and that's exactly what we want. We have never sought retaliation because Rafik Hariri was not a man of vengeance and we are here to follow in his footsteps," Hariri said upon emerging from the session of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
The trial launched in January 2014 into the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has entered the final phase on Tuesday, with prosecutors and defense lawyers making their final statements until September 21.
“Lebanon witnessed several assassinations, but the truth was never revealed. Therefore, we hope that the perpetrators of this crime will pay the price sooner or later,” he said.
"My faith in God is great. I know that those who committed this crime will eventually get their punishment."
When asked what his position will be should the UN-backed tribunal accuse Hezbollah of carrying out the 2005 attack, Hariri said that his post as the prime minister of Lebanon requires him to put his feelings and emotions aside.
“Rafik Hariri and all the martyrs of the March 14 coalition sacrified their lives in order to protect Lebanon, not to destroy it,” Hariri stated.
"We will co-exist for the sake of the country."
Hariri pledged to deal responsibly with this matter in order to safeguard the country's stability, admitting, however, that this experience is both hard and painful.