Saturday, December 25, 2010
In an interview with Adam Boulton on Sky News, the Foreign Secretary said:
The Foreign Secretary discussed concern in Lebanon as the Special Tribunal inquiry into the murder of former Prime Minister Hariri draws to a close.
"We are very concerned about Lebanon, that is one of our concerns over the coming weeks. We think it's very important that tribunal does its work. I've announced an increase in the British funding for that tribunal, as did the United States with their funding, to make clear that it must go ahead, that justice must proceed in the Lebanon for people to have any confidence in its future.
France has paid its contribution to the budget of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for 2011. This amounts to €1.5 million, thus bringing the total financial support provided by France to the STL since its creation to €4.5 million.
This contribution reflects France's resolute support for the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. France urges all parties to respect the STL's mandate, established by Security Council resolution 1757 (2007). This Tribunal must, in the interests of Lebanon as well as the entire region, be allowed to continue working completely independently and in an atmosphere of calm. The international community must continue to lend the Tribunal its political and financial support.
Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Announcing an Additional $10 million U.S. Contribution to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
The United States is pleased to announce that we will transfer an additional $10 million to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. This brings total U.S. funding for the Tribunal to $30 million since its inception.
We applaud the brave and tireless work of the Tribunal's staff members, who continue to carry out their duties in a professional, apolitical manner. The recent attack on three Tribunal staff members in Beirut is yet another attempt to create a false choice between justice and stability in Lebanon and to prevent the independent Tribunal from carrying out its Security Council mandate. We condemn such acts and again emphasize that efforts to discredit, hinder, or influence the Tribunal's work must not be tolerated. The Tribunal must continue to operate according to the highest standards of judicial independence and integrity, and we have full confidence in its ability to do so.
The establishment of the Tribunal was a clear signal that Lebanon's sovereignty is non-negotiable. We are confident that the work of the Tribunal can continue to help deter further violence and put an end to a tragic era of impunity for political assassinations in Lebanon. Until Lebanon is able to achieve this, it will be very difficult to secure the peace and stability that all Lebanese citizens deserve.
We commend all of the donor countries that have contributed to the Tribunal and we encourage the entire international community to continue to support the Tribunal, financially and politically.
Lebanon/Special Tribunal - Remarks to the press by Mr. Gerard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
President Cassese addresses the UN Secretary General and the Lebanese Prime Minister regarding the attack in Beirut on STL staff
The President reassured both the UN Secretary General and the Lebanese Prime Minister that "this most regrettable incident will not be allowed to jeopardize the work of the Tribunal in discharging its truth-seeking mission for the Lebanese people and the international community." The President also firmly underscored "that the Tribunal continues to act independently in accordance with its legal framework".
President Cassese further stated that both he and the Tribunal's staff greatly appreciate the strong commitment of Lebanon to cooperation with the Special Tribunal and the UN Secretary General's calls for all parties to refrain from interfering in the Tribunal's work.
The President concluded by saying that "it is our firm intention not to bow to any act of interference and intimidation in carrying out our mandate in an independent and fair manner".
New York, 28 October 2010 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
The Secretary-General also wishes to stress that it is imperative that the Special Tribunal carry out its work safely and securely. He commends the Lebanese authorities for their swift action in opening an inquiry into the incident that occurred on 27 October.
The process leading to the visit was handled professionally and in accordance with legal safeguards. The visit had been approved by the Lebanese authorities. The investigators were accompanied by members of the judicial police and the army. The doctor, having received approval from the Beirut Order of Physicians to meet with the OTP investigators, had agreed to the meeting.
The session with the doctor was conducted in a respectful manner. During the meeting, a large group of people showed up unexpectedly and violently attacked the investigators and their female interpreter. Several items belonging to OTP staff were stolen during the attack.
The Lebanese army extracted the three staff members and brought them back safely to the STL Beirut Office where they were provided with medical attention.
The Office of the Prosecutor takes this incident very seriously and is currently gathering the facts. The Lebanese authorities have launched an investigation.
The Office of the Prosecutor denounces the use of violence. The investigation into the Hariri attack will continue and this incident will not deter the OTP from pursuing its mission.
The President of the Tribunal, Judge Antonio Cassese, the Head of the the Defence Office, Mr. Francois Roux and the Acting Registrar, Mr. Herman Von Hebel condemn violence in the strongest of terms.
The President will report this regrettable incident to the Government of Lebanon and to the UN Secretary-General.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The mandate of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is to prosecute persons responsible for the attack of 14 February 2005 resulting in the death of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and in the death or injury of other persons. The Tribunal’s jurisdiction could be extended beyond the 14 February 2005 bombing if the Tribunal finds that other attacks that occurred in Lebanon between 1 October 2004 and 12 December 2005 are connected in accordance with the principles of criminal justice and are of a nature and gravity similar to the attack of 14 February 2005. This connection includes but is not limited to a combination of the following elements: criminal intent (motive), the purpose behind the attacks, the nature of the victims targeted, the pattern of the attacks (modus operandi), and the perpetrators. Crimes that occurred after 12 December 2005 can be eligible to be included in the Tribunal’s jurisdiction under the same criteria if it is so decided by the Government of the Lebanese Republic and the United Nations and with the consent of the Security Council.