Monday, June 18, 2018
Dorothée Le Fraper du Hellen, a French national, will assume her new functions in a few weeks, following a transitional period succeeding Maître François Roux who served as the Head of the Defence Office from March 2009 until February 2018.
Ms Le Fraper du Hellen has 25 years of experience in the fields of international and criminal law. From 2013 until her appointment, she was assigned to protect the interests and rights of the accused Hassan Habib Merhi at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, where she was admitted on the list of Counsel since 2012.
Ms Dorothée Le Fraper du Hellen has been registered at the Montpellier Bar, France, since 1993. She first worked at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, before joining a Montpellier law firm. She has acquired an extensive experience in international criminal law namely at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), has developed expertise in the field of human rights, and has undertaken a number of assessment missions on the state of human rights and the administration of justice in various countries throughout Europe and Africa. She has also been responsible for a number of applications before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Ms Dorothée Le Fraper du Hellen thanked the UN Secretary General for her nomination and quoted Silvio Pellico as an inspiration for her upcoming mission: "Whenever accusations are preferred, do not you disdain to hear a defence."
The STL President congratulated Ms Le Fraper du Hellen and said "one of the 'firsts' at the STL is the establishment of an independent Defence office. The equality of arms is an essential principal in criminal law in general and of course in international criminal law. I wish Ms Le Fraper all the best in performing her functions as the new Head of the Defence Office".
In accordance with Article 13 of the STL Statute, the United Nations Secretary-General, in consultation with the President of the Special Tribunal, appoints an independent Head of the Defence Office, who shall be responsible for the appointment of the Office staff and the drawing up of a list of Defence counsel. The Defence Office shall protect the rights of the Defence, provide support and assistance to Defence counsel and to the persons entitled to legal assistance, including, where appropriate, legal research, collection of evidence and advice.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
STL Media Advisory- Trial Chamber schedules public hearing on 7 March 2018 for the delivery of the decision on Defence application for a judgement of acquittal
In accordance with this Rule entitled "Judgement of Acquittal at the Close of the Prosecution Case", the Trial Chamber, after hearing submissions of the Parties, will issue a judgement of acquittal on any count if they find that there is no evidence capable of supporting a conviction on that count. The Prosecutor may appeal any judgement of acquittal under this Rule.
On Tuesday and Wednesday 20 and 21 February 2018, lead counsel for the Accused Mr Hussein Hassan Oneissi made oral submissions seeking a judgement of acquittal under Rule 167 in respect of all charges against Mr Oneissi in the amended consolidated indictment. The Prosecution responded on Wednesday 21 February 2018, followed by a reply from the Oneissi Defence. The Prosecution and the Oneissi Defence also filed written submissions in accordance with an oral order of the Trial Chamber on the sufficiency of evidence on each count Mr Oneissi is charged with and on the elements of complicity in Article 129 of the Lebanese Criminal Law.
Background information: The Ayyash et al. case relates to the 14 February 2005 attack which killed 22 individuals, including the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and injured 226 others. The Accused Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hassan Habib Merhi, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra remain at large. The proceedings against them are being held in absentia. On 11 July 2016, the Appeals Chamber ordered the termination of the proceedings against Mustafa Badreddine, without prejudice to the right to resume the proceedings, should evidence that he is alive emerge in the future.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Mr Mundis also met with Justice Minister Salim Jreissati, Prosecutor General Samir Hammoud, Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Joseph Aoun as well as the Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Major General Imad Osman.
"My visits to Beirut are key to maintain the good cooperation between the STL and the Lebanese authorities, allowing me to personally thank Lebanese officials for their continued commitment to support the work of the Tribunal," said Mr Mundis.
The STL Registrar is responsible for all aspects of the Tribunal's administration including the budget, fundraising, human resources and providing security. His responsibilities also include court management, the oversight of the Victims' Participation Unit, witness protection and language services.
Background information: On 22 December 2017, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres extended the STL's mandate for a period of three years from 1 March 2018, or upon the completion of the cases before the STL if sooner.
Friday, December 22, 2017
22 December 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres extended for another three years the mandate of the tribunal set up to try those accused of carrying out the February 2005 attack in Beirut, which killed 22 people, including the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and injured many others.
The trial in absentia of four individuals indicted over the killing began in January 2014 at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is based near The Hague in the Netherlands, and is currently ongoing.
The Tribunal's mandate has been extended from 1 March 2018 for a period of three years, or upon the completion of the cases before it if sooner.
"The United Nations looks forward to the completion of the mandate of the Special Tribunal in a timely manner," spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement.
The Tribunal also has jurisdiction over attacks carried out in Lebanon between 1 October 2004 and 12 December 2005 if they are connected to the attack of 14 February 2005 and are of a similar nature and gravity.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Oct. 18, 2017 | 12:10 AM
Finbar Anderson| The Daily Star
The defense for Salim Ayyash, one of four accused of involvement in the 2005 bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others, questioned prosecution witness Andrew Donaldson again regarding how he selected evidence to include in prosecution reports.