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.