Monday, September 24, 2012

Defence counsel granted license to continue representing Mustafa Badreddine

Leidschendam, 21 September 2012 – The United States authorities issued yesterday the licence required for Mr John Jones to continue to represent Mr Mustafa Badreddine, one of the accused in the Ayyash et al proceedings.
The US Treasury Department had imposed sanctions against Mr Badreddine last week. The defence counsel for Mr Badreddine had requested clarification from the Tribunal's President on whether Mr Jones, a dual US/UK citizen, can continue to represent Mr Badreddine.
Mr Badreddine's defence team can now continue to prepare for trial. The Appeals Chamber has scheduled a hearing on 1 October for the Defence to present a final challenge to the Tribunal's legality.
The Pre-Trial Judge has set 25 March 2013 as the tentative date for trial to begin.

Media accreditation for the Appeals Chamber hearing on jurisdiction and the Pre-Trial status conference

Leidschendam 21 September 2012 - The Appeals Chamber has scheduled an open hearing on 1 October at 9:15 AM to hear the appeal against the decision on the jurisdiction and the legality of the Tribunal.
The Trial Chamber dismissed on 27 July the four Defence motions challenging the jurisdiction and legality of the Tribunal. The counsel for three of the accused (Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine and Hussein Oneissi) appealed against this decision on 24 August 2012.
As part of his duties to ensure that the proceedings are not unduly delayed, the Pre-Trial Judge has scheduled a Status Conference on Friday 28 September 2012 at 10:00 AM. The Status Conference will be public; however the Judge might decide to go into closed session during the course of the hearing if confidential matters need to be discussed. The last Status Conference took place on 26 July 2012.