Lebanon Tribunal enters political waters

Like STL (Special Tribunal for Lebanon) calls witnesses who name Assad as behind assassination of Hariri
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:54

By Justice Hub

Prosecutors at the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon have started calling witnesses to describe Syria’s role in Lebanese politics. By extension, Syria could end up being accused of complicity in the plot to assassinate former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri in 2005.

More than a dozen witnesses are expected to detail “how relations broke down between the former premier and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the months before the assassination”. 

The tribunal is trying in absentia five members of the Lebanese militia and political party Hezbollah, accused of organising the 2005 bombing that killed Lebanon’s charismatic former prime minister.

The initial investigation into the event suggested that because the Syrian intelligence service was so heavily involved in the country, the plot could not have been carried out without the Syrians’ knowledge. But the STL prosecutor’s indictment only makes mention of Hezbollah operatives and never detailed what motive they would have had to target Hariri. All five suspects have never been present in court.

But now the prosecutors are planning to bring in witnesses to describe the breakdown in relations between the Syrian president and Hariri. Defence lawyers have asked the prosecution to state explicitly whether they are planning to formally accuse any Syrian officials in the case. “Is the prosecution going to name Bashar al-Assad and Rustom Ghazaleh [the head of the intelligence service]? And when are the new names going to be added to its indictment?” 

AnonymousSunday, October 22, 2017 - 15:48

So it is possible, Nice to read something about this big case, the STL, about the murder of PM. Al Hariri. I hope that the syrian officiers are really allowed to tell the truth about Assad or Ghazaleh and that they are not puppets of the syrian regime. Assad who is completly protected by Russia and is immune ,did not do anything wrong ofcourse, not in Lebanon and certainly not in his own beloved Syria. Future will tell the true hopefully. Really nice to see a new area of international justice outside the continent of Africa and the ICC. Till now, I still feel that your website is more about African justice than international justice. This article and this nice cartoon makes your website more coloured.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 13:15