Wednesday, October 20, 2010

On October 20

On this day in ...
... 2005 (5 years ago), a commission appointed by the U.N. released a report which attributed the February car-bomb death of Lebanon's former Prime Minister to "a carefully planned terrorist act organized by Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services," the The New York Times reported. German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who led the commission that produced what came to be called the Mehlis Report on the death of Rafik Hariri, told the Post: "'The assassination of 14 February 2005 was carried out by a group with an extensive organization and considerable resources and capabilities.'" In 2007, as we've posted, the U.N. Security Council would establish a Special Tribunal for Lebanon at The Hague, Netherlands. to examine the case. To date the tribunal (logo at left; prior posts) has issued no formal charges against anyone. (Last week it appointed its appeals judges; from a look at the tribunal's website, it appears that all its judges are men.) Just a few days ago, a U.S. State Department representative visited Beirut to insist that the tribunal "be allowed to work independently," according to a United Press International report. It quoted him as follows:
'We believe that the tribunal should be allowed to complete its work on its
own timeline and without outside interference until those responsible for the assassinations … are brought to justice.'
(Prior October 20 posts are here, here, and here.)

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