Wednesday, June 21, 2017

STL President meets with UN Secretary-General in New York

Leidschendam, 21 June 2017 – During a visit to the United Nations in New York this week, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) President Judge Ivana Hrdličková met with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. They discussed the Tribunal's achievements and challenges, as well as its efforts to fulfil its mandate to hold fair, transparent and expeditious proceedings.
"I would like to reaffirm that impunity will not be tolerated," said the UN Secretary General. "The United Nations is committed to support the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, with the continued support and cooperation of the Government of Lebanon."
President Hrdličková expressed her gratitude to the Secretary-General for the UN's strong and steadfast support for the Tribunal and its work. "This was an excellent opportunity to update Secretary-General Guterres on the Tribunal's judicial activities and affirm our shared objectives of efficiency, transparency and accountability. We welcome the United Nations invaluable support in helping us fulfill our mandate and pursue justice for victims in Lebanon," President Hrdličková said.


Background notes: The STL was established pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1757 (2007) with the mandate to prosecute and try those responsible for the 14 February 2005 attack in Beirut that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. The Tribunal also has jurisdiction over other attacks in Lebanon between 1 October 2004 and 12 December 2005 if they are determined to be connected to the 14 February 2005 attack because of their gravity or nature.
The Tribunal opened on 1 March 2009. The STL's main case, Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al. commenced on 16 January 2014 and concerns the Accused's alleged involvement in the 14 February 2005 attack.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

STL Registrar meets with Lebanese officials on working visit to Beirut

Leidschendam, 23 February 2017 – Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Registrar Daryl Mundis met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on a working visit to Beirut this week and discussed various matters relating to the Tribunal's work.

Mr Mundis also met with Justice Minister Salim Jreissati, Prosecutor General Samir Hammoud and members of the diplomatic community in Lebanon.

"These regular visits to Beirut allow me to update our key interlocutors on the STL's work and to personally thank Lebanese officials for their continued support," 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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

STL President met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun

Leidschendam, 17 January 2017 – The President and Vice President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Judge Ivana Hrdličková and Judge Ralph Riachi  congratulated today the newly elected President of the Lebanese Republic Michel Aoun.
During the meeting, President Hrdličková briefed him on the work of the Tribunal and said: “I am honoured to meet with President Michel Aoun and I thank him for the continuous support of Lebanon to the work of the STL." She also stressed upon the fact that "the Tribunal is for Lebanon and for the Lebanese people”. President Hrdličková reiterated to President Aoun that the “STL is an independent, fair and impartial institution working with the highest professional standards of international justice". And she concluded that “as the President of the STL I am determined to promote the values of efficiency, transparency and accountability”.
The Minister of Justice Salim Jreissati and the Prosecutor General Samir Hammoud attended the meeting held at the Presidential palace in Baabda.

Aoun welcomes STL president

Tue 17 Jan 2017 at 11:46
NNA - President of the Republic Michel Aoun welcomed on Tuesday before noon at Baabda Palace, the president of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Judge Ivana Hrdlickova, hoping "to haste in issuing judgments because late justice is not justice." 
The Judge Hrdlickova congratulated President Aoun on his election, pointing out that it is her first meeting with the president of the Republic after his election. 
The Judge briefed President Aoun on the court's work and the ongoing cooperation between the Tribunal and Lebanon, especially over the financial and administrative sectors. 
The President called upon the Judge to adopt more financial and administrative transparency in the Tribunal's work, noting that Lebanon is contributing to half of the financial expenses of the Tribunal. 
Separately, Aoun welcomed from the World Bank with discussions featured high on ongoing cooperation between Lebanon and the World Bank over various fields. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hezbollah denied access to witnesses: STL investigator

Sep. 16, 2016 Ned Whalley| The Daily Star
An investigator at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon detailed how Hezbollah stonewalled attempts by prosecutors to interview individuals with connections to the organization.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sentencing judgment in the case against Mr Ibrahim Al Amin and Akhbar Beirut S.A.L

Leidschendam, 29 August 2016 – The Contempt Judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon sentenced Mr Ibrahim Al Amin to a 20,000 Euro fine and Akhbar Beirut to a 6,000 Euro fine.
The sentencing judgment in the case against Mr Ibrahim Al Amin and Akhbar Beirut (STL-14-06) was delivered today, in a public hearing. Prior to the deliberations, both the Amicus Curiae Prosecutor and the Defence Counsel presented their arguments on sentencing before Judge Nicola Lettieri.
The Contempt Judge ordered that both fines be paid in full by 30 September 2016.
Judge Lettieri also stated that written reasons for his decision will follow as soon as practicable.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Contempt Judge finds Akhbar Beirut S.A.L and Ibrahim al Amin guilty for interfering with the administration of justice

Leidschendam, 15 July 2016 –The Contempt Judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Nicola Lettieri, has issued a Judgment in the contempt case against Akhbar Beirut S.A.L and Mr Ibrahim al Amin (STL 14-06) during a public hearing today.
Reading a summary of the judgment, Judge Lettieri found both Accused guilty of one count as set out in the Order in Lieu of an Indictment for knowingly and wilfully interfering with the administration of justice by publishing information on purported confidential witnesses in the Ayyash et al. case, thereby undermining public confidence in the Tribunal's ability to protect the confidentiality of information about, or provided, by witnesses or potential witnesses.
The Contempt Judge also ordered that a sentencing hearing be held on a date to be determined and invited the Accused to attend the Sentencing hearing.