19 January 2011 by Daisy Mohr

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s prosecutor Daniel Bellemare filed his first indictment this week amidst a political crisis in the country. Factions are at loggerheads about the existence of the tribunal, which seeks to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. 

Images in Beirut commemorating Rafik Hariri, who died ten years ago (Photo: Ana Uzelac)
09 March 2015 by Karina Hof, Leidschendam (The Netherlands)

This month the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) embarked on a newly reissued three-year mandate. Compared to other international courts, its principal task remains narrow: to try those accused of carrying out the 14 February 2005 assassination of ex-prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in downtown Beirut. But since the Ayyash et al. trial opened in January 2014, expectations of what it might accomplish have soared beyond its headquarters in the Hague suburb of Leidschendam – and beyond Lebanon.

31 August 2011 by Daisy Mohr

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) confirmed last week that the trial in the probe into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri is expected to start mid-2012. In Lebanon there is hardly anyone who believes the suspects will appear in court.

06 July 2011 by Daisy Mohr

The special tribunal for Lebanon (STL) last week handed over its first set of indictments and four arrest warrants after a six-year investigation into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. While the names were supposed to be kept secret, they were quickly leaked to the media. At least two of the suspects, Mustafa Badreddine and Salim Ayyash, are high-ranking members of the militant group Hezbollah.

14 December 2010 by -

Herman von Hebel has been appointed registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), also known as the Hariri Tribunal. The Dutchman, in an interview with the International Justice Tribune, says his appointment this week comes at a very important time for this first international terrorism tribunal.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

09 October 2006 by -

The commission of inquiry set up by the United Nations Human Rights Council on August 11th to investigate war crimes committed by Israel during the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah released its report on October 4th. It accused both Israel and Hezbollah of violating international law. The report concluded, "serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel. In many instances, it had failed to distinguish between military and civilian objectives...

25 August 2010 by -

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has handed over information allegedly implicating Israel in the murder of ex-Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri in 2005. It follows a request by the prosecutor of the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Hezbollah official Wafiq Safa gave the dossier to Lebanon’s Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza who forwarded it on to the Beirut office of the tribunal’s prosecutor Daniel Bellemare who is probing Hariri’s killing.

03 November 2010 by Daisy Mohr

Last week’s attack on two Lebanon Tribunal investigators in Beirut has highlighted internal tensions in the country and raised fears of a return to violence. Although no one has claimed the attack, powerful government coalition partner Hezbollah is upping the pressure on Prime Minister Saad Hariri to renounce cooperation with the international tribunal that is investigating the murder of his father.