U.N. tribunal verdict does not concern Hezbollah, says MP

FILE PHOTO: Hezbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah talks in Beirut, Lebanon November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement is not concerned with and will not “evaluate” the verdict of a U.N.-backed tribunal that convicted a member of the group of the 2005 killing of former premier Rafik al-Hariri, Hezbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah said on Wednesday.

Fadlallah, in the first comments by a Hezbollah official after Tuesday’s verdict, told Al Mayadeen TV that the group has never recognised the court and this stance has only strengthened.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah has denied any involvement in the bombing that killed 21 others.

Reporting by Laila Bassam and Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Michael Georgy and Sandra Maler