On this day in ...
... 2005, more than 8 months after the Valentine's Day bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and others dead in downtown Beirut, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree forming a "special judicial committee" of officials in the government's law enforcement and judiciary services, and instructed it, according to a news report, "to cooperate with the independent International Investigating Committee and with the Lebanese judicial authorities in all what is linked to procedures of the investigation clarified by the decree."
That U.N. investigation commission would give rise to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. As for Assad, his crackdown in his own country this last year and a half has led to calls – some recounted in IntLawGrrls' Syria posts – that he be held accountable before some international criminal forum.
(Prior October 29 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)