Lebanon tribunal on track, pushed by the West

07 April 2008 by Bessan Vikou

The official opening of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is an "irreversible process", affirmed United Nations Legal Counsel Nicolas Michel. Despite the ongoing political crisis in Lebanon—which has been without a president since November 24, 2007—the Western members of the Security Council are today committed to going all the way [IJT-68-69-70].

On March 27, the future STL prosecutor, Canadian Daniel Bellemare, released the investigation commission's tenth report (but the first prepared under his responsibility). On the basis of evidence in his possession, Bellemare stated that "a network of individuals acted in concert to carry out the assassination of Rafic Hariri". But he was careful not to name the members of this "criminal network". In this prudent nine-page report, he underlined that "the individuals' names will only appear in future indictments which will be drafted by the prosecutor, when sufficient proof has been gathered". Thus, there is nothing new when compared to the reports submitted by his predecessor Serge Brammertz.

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