Friday, July 15, 2016

Contempt Judge finds Akhbar Beirut S.A.L and Ibrahim al Amin guilty for interfering with the administration of justice

Leidschendam, 15 July 2016 –The Contempt Judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Nicola Lettieri, has issued a Judgment in the contempt case against Akhbar Beirut S.A.L and Mr Ibrahim al Amin (STL 14-06) during a public hearing today.
Reading a summary of the judgment, Judge Lettieri found both Accused guilty of one count as set out in the Order in Lieu of an Indictment for knowingly and wilfully interfering with the administration of justice by publishing information on purported confidential witnesses in the Ayyash et al. case, thereby undermining public confidence in the Tribunal's ability to protect the confidentiality of information about, or provided, by witnesses or potential witnesses.
The Contempt Judge also ordered that a sentencing hearing be held on a date to be determined and invited the Accused to attend the Sentencing hearing.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Appeals Chamber orders termination of the proceedings against Mustafa Badreddine without prejudice

Leidschendam, 11 July 2016 – The Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued a decision today in which it reverses the Trial Chamber's interim decision that "it did not believe sufficient evidence has yet been presented to convince it that the death of Mr Mustafa Amine Badreddine has been proven to the requisite standard."
By majority, the Appeals Judges found that there was sufficient evidence presented before the Trial Chamber to prove the death of Mr Badreddine.
The Appeals Chamber ordered the Trial Chamber to terminate the proceedings against Mustafa Badreddine, without prejudice to resume the proceedings should evidence that he is alive be adduced in the future.
The trial in the Prosecutor vs Ayyash et al. case can then proceed against the remaining four accused.