Monday, July 30, 2012

Special Tribunal for Lebanon on jurisdiction

Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Leidschendam, the Netherlands (credit)
Today the Special Tribunal for Lebanon confirmed its own jurisdiction, rejecting claims to the contrary by defense counsel.
The judgment was issued by a Trial Chamber comprising Presiding Judge Robert Roth, former law dean of the University of Geneva, along with Judges Micheline Braidy, who served as a national judge in Lebanon, and David Re of Australia, formerly a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and an international judge at Bosnia's War Crimes Court in Sarajevo.
The decision paves the way for the trial in absentia of 4 men accused in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The current trial date is March 25, 2013.
The 3-page Decision on the Defence Challenges to the Jurisdiction and Legality of the Tribunal in Prosecutor v. Ayyash, dated last Friday and filed today, is available in English here.

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