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20 November 2006 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 57

Table of content:
 

  • Hariri Commission in Lebanon: Crisis-stricken government approves Hariri tribunal
  • International Criminal Court: Congolese courts appealed for reinforcement in Lubanga case & Chapter IV of our diplomatic series“London’s confident realism"

Click here to download the IJT, No. 57

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16 February 2011 by -

For decades, international lawyers have wrangled over the question - What is terrorism? Is it an act designed to spread terror? Does it have a political motive? Does it involve an attack on a few people or alot of people? Since 1914, philosophers have pondered whether the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Sarajevo can be classified as an ‘act of terror’. More recently, the September 11 attacks in the US, have brought the issue of international terrorism to the forefront of debate, and with it the question of its very definition.

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06 November 2006 by -

A week after a UN proposal to create a Special Tribunal to try those responsible for the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [IJT-51-54], Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, who has close ties to Syria, a country whose leaders are suspected of being involved in the attack, publicly opposed, on 30 October, the establishment of such an international tribunal.

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22 October 2007 by -

Before being hired, the international judges at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, set up to try the Khmer Rouge, were interviewed by a panel of international judges. This process has been formalized in the statute for the Lebanon Tribunal, which is currently being created at The Hague. The UN Secretary General has appointed Mohamed Amin El Mahdi, a former Egyptian judge at the ICTY, and Erik Mose, a Norwegian judge at the ICTR. These judges will interview the candidates alongside the UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel, Nicolas Michel.

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20 November 2006 by -

After the resignation of all its Shi'ite members, the Lebanese cabinet approved, on 13 November, the international tribunal to try the suspected perpetrators of the February 2005 bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [IJT-51-56]. The UN proposal now moves to the Security Council before ratification by the Lebanese parliament. According to the Washington Post, the UN proposal calls for a tribunal with an international prosecutor and Lebanese deputy prosecutor, while the majority of judges will be international.

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04 June 2007 by -

On May 30, the UN Security Council voted a resolution creating a special tribunal for Lebanon, with ten yes votes and five abstentions, including China and Russia. Countries in the west decided to impose the creation of the court, which has been under discussion for a year and a half, after the ratification of the agreement signed on February 6 between Beirut and the UN had been blocked for four months in the Lebanese parliament.

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05 October 2010 by -

Syria has ordered the arrest of 33 people over false testimony given in the UN-backed probe into the assassination of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, a general held over the killing and his lawyers said.

Jamil Sayyed, the former head of Lebanon's security services, said the top investigating judge in Damascus had issued arrest warrants "against judges, security officers, politicians, journalists and other Lebanese, Arab and foreign officials and individuals."

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04 February 2008 by -

On January 25, a car bomb exploded in Beirut killing Captain Wissam Eid, a key Lebanese investigator, who had escaped a prior assassination attempt in 2006. The New York Times announced that his body guard and two passers-by were also killed. According to Le Monde, Eid headed the intelligence service of the Internal Security Forces (FSI) responsible for tapping telephones, which allegedly had furnished "invaluable information" to the United Nations investigation into the February 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafic Hariri.

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21 May 2007 by -

After more than a year of procrastination and political blockage by pro-Syrian Lebanese political groups, three permanent members of the UN Security Council are preparing a resolution to impose an international tribunal to prosecute the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and possibly 14 other assassinations at that time, according to the French newspaper Le Monde.

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18 June 2007 by -

Two weeks after the United Nations Security Council created a Special Court for Lebanon to try those responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a car bomb killed Walid Eido, a prominent member of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority headed by Hariri's son.

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