Friday, December 13, 2013

Statement of Judge David Baragwanath, President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, to Hassan Habib Merhi

Leidschendam, 13 December 2013 – "Seven weeks ago, on 21 October 2013, I invited you to consider whether you are prepared to face the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to answer the charges in the indictment. These are very serious charges, including acts of terrorism and murder. I urge you to get legal advice and appoint a lawyer to represent you before the Tribunal. As an alternative to appearing in person in the Netherlands, you may have the right to participate in hearings by video-conference."
The indictment against Mr. Merhi was confirmed in June this year.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UK Support to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Written statement to Parliament
Organisation: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Delivered on: December 10, 2013

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has updated Parliament on the UK's contribution to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
The Foreign Secretary William Hague:
I am pleased to announce that the UK intends to make a voluntary contribution of £undefined million to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).
The UK is committed to supporting security, stability and justice for the people of Lebanon. This contribution to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is a signal of our steadfast support for its work to end the climate of impunity for political assassinations in Lebanon. The Minister of State for the Middle East, Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP, is in Lebanon this week to reinforce these points.
International justice is central to foreign policy. It is essential for securing the rights of individuals and states, and for securing peace and reconciliation. Through the International Criminal Court, and the separate international tribunals, we are working to make clear that those responsible for the most serious crimes will be held to account. Our support to the institutions of international justice is an important part of our efforts to reduce conflict and promote stability worldwide.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

STL Media Advisory - Trial date announced for the Ayyash et al. case

Leidschendam, 10 December 2013 - The Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has scheduled the start of trial in the case of Ayyash et al. for Thursday 16 January 2014. This decision has been made after consulting the parties to the case at the Trial Chamber's last public hearing.
The trial will commence at 09:30 (CET) with opening statements by the Prosecutor, the Legal Representatives of the Victims participating in the proceedings, as well as opening statements, if any, for the Defence.
The Trial Chamber has also announced that there will be a Pre-Trial Conference starting at 10:30AM (CET) on Thursday 9 January 2014.
Accreditation details for both the trial and the Pre-Trial Conference will be sent to members of the press in due course.