Friday, July 8, 2011

French Foreign Ministry: Lebanese government's stance regarding STL is perturbing

NNA - 8/7/2011 - The French Foreign Ministry expressed on Friday its worry over the new Lebanese government's stance regarding the cooperation with the special tribunal for Lebanon assigned of referring to trial the assassins of the late Rafic Hariri.
France believes the new government tends to cast doubt over the tribunal's neutralism and professionalism

Thursday, July 7, 2011

UNTSO: Equipment transportation normal UN-adopted procedure

 NNA - 7/7/2011 United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) office head in Beirut, Colonel Richard Hauser, issued on Thursday a statement in which it said that the transportation of 97 computers by the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) from Naqoura to Israel is a normal procedure adopted by the U.N.

Hauser also said that each computer's hard disk was removed, destroyed, and replaced with new one, affirming that the computers are still in their possession and that "such procedures are adopted when equipments are transferred from one U.N. mission to another."

"The operation was conducted with complete transparency and in conformity with followed procedures," he concluded.

It is noteworthy that Hauser's statement came in response to Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's disclosure of a UNTSO document stating that the computers belong to the UNIIIC and they were in fact moved to Israel.

According to Nasrallah, the document provided proof that 97 computers were transported by investigators through Naqoura to Israel and not through the airport or Beirut port, at a time when STL Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare was still the head of the committee probing Hariri's murder.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Confirmation of Indictment Shows that the Prosecutor’s Investigation Relies on Credible Evidence

Leidschendam, 4 July 2011 – In response to allegations made by Mr. Hassan Nasrallah in his speech of 2 July 2011, the Prosecutor stated that "the staff of the OTP have been recruited on the basis of their professionalism, impartiality and expertise, and I have full confidence in their strong commitment to finding the truth".

The Prosecutor welcomes Mr. Nasrallah's offer to provide the file that he stated he has on some elements of the investigation and requests the video material that was shown on television during his televised statement, as well as any other information and documents that would assist the Tribunal in its ongoing pursuit of justice.

The investigation is carried out according to the highest standards of international justice and its results are based solely on facts and credible evidence. The Prosecutor stated that "the staff of the OTP act independently and in good faith in their search for the truth".

In seeking the release of the four generals in April 2009, the Prosecutor has already demonstrated that when he is not satisfied with the credibility or reliability of the evidence he will not hesitate to reject it.

In confirming the indictment on 28 June 2011, the Pre-Trial Judge ruled that he was satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to send the accused to trial for the attack of 14 February 2005.

The Prosecutor will not engage in a public debate in the media about the credibility of his investigation or of the investigative process. This is a judicial process and should be treated as such. In this context, the proper forum to challenge the investigation or the evidence gathered as a result, is in open court during a trial that will fully comply with international standards.

As has often been stated, justice is the guarantee of sustainable stability. The Prosecutor calls for all steps to be taken to bring the accused to justice.