HARIRI ASSASSINATION PROBE
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Lebanon tribunal opens Hariri assassination trial
January 16, 2014
The trial of four Hezbollah members accused of perpetrating a terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in 2005 began Thursday before the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) .The trial is being held in absentia as the four accused men, Salim Jam....... [more]

Lebanon tribunal readies Hariri assassination case for trial
October 29, 2013
The pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Monday transferred the case files for Ayyash et al. to the trial chamber, marking the start of the transition to the trial phase. Four Hezbollah militants were indicted in 2011 on charges including terrorism and intentional....... [more]

Lebanon tribunal indicts fifth suspect in Hariri assassination
October 10, 2013
The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Thursday indicted Hassan Merhi on charges including terrorism and intentional homicide in a 2005 truck bombing that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. Merhi is charged with helping to create a video claiming false res....... [more]

Lebanon tribunal delays Hariri assassination trial
February 22, 2013
A pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Thursday delayed the trial of four Hezbollah militants charged with the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Counsel for the accused requested the delay in January citing pre-trial issues incl....... [more]

Italy war crimes expert Cassese died at age 74
October 22, 2012
On October 22, 2011, Antonio Cassese, Italian international war crimes expert and key figure in establishing two international criminal tribunals, died in Italy. Cassese had served as both the first President of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and the first president of the International C....... [more]

Lebanon tribunal confirms jurisdiction over accused Hariri assassins
July 30, 2012
The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Monday confirmed its jurisdiction over the trials of the assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The defense counsel for the four accused, Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Oneissi and Assad Sabra, had challenged the cou....... [more]

Case against Hariri assassins to proceed in absentia: Lebanon tribunal
July 11, 2012
The Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Wednesday upheld the decision to try four accused assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in absentia. The Chamber rejected the defense motion that challenged the legality and jurisdiction of the Tribunal over the case....... [more]

UN Lebanon tribunal hears challenge to jurisdiction
June 13, 2012
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Wednesday held the first hearing on its jurisdiction and the legality of its creation. The defense lawyer for Mustafa Badreddine, one of the four men wanted by the court for the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, argued that the....... [more]

UN extends Lebanon tribunal for three more years
February 23, 2012
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday extended the mandate for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for the next three years. The independent tribunal was set up by the Lebanese government to try the suspected perpetrators of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Har....... [more]

Lebanon tribunal to try accused Hariri assassins in absentia
February 2, 2012
Four accused assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri will be tried in absentia, a UN tribunal said Wednesday. The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said Wednesday that after considering the efforts taken by the prosecution and the authorities to apprehend the suspects, they woul....... [more]

Lebanese Trial in Absentia Faces Many Obstacles to Justice
December 3, 2011
JURIST Guest Columnist Niccolò Pons, Assistant Legal Officer of the Pre-Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Court, says that there are many obstacles for the Lebanese court both in obtaining and carrying out a trial in absentia, but that it can still be an effective tool in furthering....... [more]




WEBSITES

    Rafik Hariri [Wikipedia]

    Hariri investigation [UN]

    Mission of Inquiry report [UN]