Oct. 18, 2017 | 12:10 AM
Finbar Anderson| The Daily Star
The defense for Salim Ayyash, one of four accused of involvement in the 2005 bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others, questioned prosecution witness Andrew Donaldson again regarding how he selected evidence to include in prosecution reports.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Oct. 18, 2017 | 12:10 AM
Media advisory - Appeals Chamber will deliver its ruling on the questions raised by the Pre Trial Judge tomorrow
The Judges were seized of preliminary questions of law submitted on 11 August 2017 by the Pre-Trial Judge who is currently reviewing an indictment submitted to him confidentially by the Prosecutor.
The questions of law relate to the material (actus reus) and the intentional (mens rea) elements of the crime of criminal association, the distinctive elements between criminal association and conspiracy and the criteria for reviewing the indictment.
The Appeals Chamber concluded its deliberations after receiving written and oral submissions from the Prosecution and the Defence Office.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
A woman whose father died in the 2005 bombing that killed Lebanon's former prime minister and 21 others testified in court Monday about her frantic days hunting for traces of him after the explosion as her hopes of finding her father alive ebbed away.
Lama Ghalayini was the first of seven witnesses expected to testify before the Netherlands-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon over the next two weeks at the marathon trial in absentia of four suspects in the attack in Beirut.
The suspects are members of the Hezbollah militant group, which denies involvement in former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination. One of those originally indicted, Hezbollah military commander Mustafa Badreddine, was killed in Syria in 2016.
The trial started in January 2014 and prosecutors have so far presented more than 230 witnesses. The suspects have not been arrested and were not in the United Nations-backed court, but lawyers are representing them.
People injured by the bomb and relatives of those killed are being given the opportunity to tell the tribunal about how the attack affected their lives and by extension, its broader impact on Lebanese society.
Ghalayini said she suffered depression and post-traumatic stress after the death of her father, Abdul-Hameed Mohammed Ghalayini.
"I wish this day could be erased from the calendar," she said of the Feb. 14, 2005 blast. "I think it is the only thing that really could relieve me."
Speaking by video link from Beirut, Ghalayini said she and her family scoured hospitals and a morgue and used sniffer dogs to no avail. Her father's remains were recovered more than two weeks later, lying face down under a shallow layer of sand.
Ghalayini was critical of Lebanese authorities for not doing more to help her family in the hunt for her father, who was killed while taking his daily walk along Beirut's seafront.
His daughter was not in Lebanon at the time of the bombing, but said she heard the explosion while she was speaking by phone to a company in Beirut. She flew home as soon as she could.
"It was horrible to see the scene of the explosion and just imagine where my father could have been," she said through an interpreter. "It was really a shock for me."
At the end of her testimony, Ghalayini told judges she hoped the perpetrators eventually will be brought to justice.
"I will never rest until the criminals are prosecuted," she said.
Leidschendam, 28 August 2017 – Today in the Ayyash et al. case, the Legal Representatives of 72 Victims Participating in the Proceedings began presenting evidence on the victims' behalf.
This marks the first time that victims of terrorism have presented their case before an international tribunal.
The Legal Representatives anticipate that the presentation of evidence on behalf of the victims (victims' case) will continue until 8 September 2017 and consist of live testimonies and the tendering into evidence of witness statements and documents. The Legal Representatives will present evidence about the harm that the victims have suffered collectively and individually.
One victim testified today via video conference.
The proceedings can be followed on the STL website with a 30-minute delay in Arabic, English and French.
For more information on victims' rights at the STL, please click here. Frequently asked questions on victim participation before the STL are also available here.
On 14 February 2005, an explosion occurred near the St. Georges Hotel in downtown Beirut, so powerful that it left a crater at least ten metres wide and two metres deep in the street.
That explosion killed 22 people, including former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Many others suffered physical and psychological injuries from the blast, lost loved ones on that day, or suffered financial loss.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon was established to bring those responsible for this crime to justice, and to bring justice to the victims of the 14 February attack and connected acts of terrorism.
Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hassan Habib Merhi, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra stand accused of various crimes under Article 2 of the STL Statute and the Lebanese Criminal Code for their alleged role as co-conspirators in that attack.
The Legal Representative of Victims (LRV) is assigned to represent the views and concerns of the participating victims in Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al. You can learn more about the role of the LRV on the STL's YouTube channel.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
"This visit allowed me to inform the Prime Minister of the latest developments in the STL's work and thank him for the Lebanese Government's continued cooperation with the Tribunal," said Mr Mundis. "Lebanon's support is critical to ensuring that the STL fulfils its mandate in a timely and fair manner."
The Registrar travels to Beirut regularly to update key interlocutors on the STL's activities and to oversee its work in Lebanon. He is responsible for all aspects of the STL's administration, including the budget, fundraising, human resources and providing security. His responsibilities also include court management, the oversight of the Victims' Participation Unit, witness protection and language services.
Background: Update on the Ayyash et al. Trial
The STL's main case, Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al., concerns the 14 February 2005 attack in Beirut that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. The trial commenced on 16 January 2014. The Prosecution is nearing the end of the presentation of its case.
So far, it has presented forensic evidence on the cause of the explosion of 14 February 2005 and evidence related to the death and injury of the victims of this attack. It has also presented evidence of the preparatory acts undertaken by the Accused and their co-conspirators in 2004-2005 to prepare for the assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri. It is currently presenting evidence concerning the identity of the Accused and their respective roles in the attack.
Following the conclusion of the Prosecution's case, the Legal Representative of Victims and the Defence teams will have the opportunity to present their respective cases.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
President Hrdličková expressed her gratitude to the Secretary-General for the UN's strong and steadfast support for the Tribunal and its work. "This was an excellent opportunity to update Secretary-General Guterres on the Tribunal's judicial activities and affirm our shared objectives of efficiency, transparency and accountability. We welcome the United Nations invaluable support in helping us fulfill our mandate and pursue justice for victims in Lebanon," President Hrdličková said.
Background notes: The STL was established pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1757 (2007) with the mandate to prosecute and try those responsible for the 14 February 2005 attack in Beirut that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. The Tribunal also has jurisdiction over other attacks in Lebanon between 1 October 2004 and 12 December 2005 if they are determined to be connected to the 14 February 2005 attack because of their gravity or nature.
The Tribunal opened on 1 March 2009. The STL's main case, Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al. commenced on 16 January 2014 and concerns the Accused's alleged involvement in the 14 February 2005 attack.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Mr Mundis also met with Justice Minister Salim Jreissati, Prosecutor General Samir Hammoud and members of the diplomatic community in Lebanon.
"These regular visits to Beirut allow me to update our key interlocutors on the STL's work and to personally thank Lebanese officials for their continued support," said Mr Mundis.
The STL Registrar is responsible for all aspects of the Tribunal's administration including the budget, fundraising, human resources and providing security. His responsibilities also include court management, the oversight of the Victims' Participation Unit, witness protection and language services.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
During the meeting, President Hrdličková briefed him on the work of the Tribunal and said: “I am honoured to meet with President Michel Aoun and I thank him for the continuous support of Lebanon to the work of the STL." She also stressed upon the fact that "the Tribunal is for Lebanon and for the Lebanese people”. President Hrdličková reiterated to President Aoun that the “STL is an independent, fair and impartial institution working with the highest professional standards of international justice". And she concluded that “as the President of the STL I am determined to promote the values of efficiency, transparency and accountability”.
The Minister of Justice Salim Jreissati and the Prosecutor General Samir Hammoud attended the meeting held at the Presidential palace in Baabda.
NNA - President of the Republic Michel Aoun welcomed on Tuesday before noon at Baabda Palace, the president of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Judge Ivana Hrdlickova, hoping "to haste in issuing judgments because late justice is not justice."
The Judge Hrdlickova congratulated President Aoun on his election, pointing out that it is her first meeting with the president of the Republic after his election.
The Judge briefed President Aoun on the court's work and the ongoing cooperation between the Tribunal and Lebanon, especially over the financial and administrative sectors.
The President called upon the Judge to adopt more financial and administrative transparency in the Tribunal's work, noting that Lebanon is contributing to half of the financial expenses of the Tribunal.
Separately, Aoun welcomed from the World Bank with discussions featured high on ongoing cooperation between Lebanon and the World Bank over various fields.