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."

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.

05 March 2007 by -

The signing of an agreement at UN headquarters in New York on February 6 marks a new step toward the establishment of an international tribunal to try those suspected of assassinating Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. However, the most difficult part of the task remains since the tribunal cannot come into existence until a law is passed by the Lebanese Parliament and ratified by pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud who vigorously opposes the idea.

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.

11 June 2014 by Lynn Maalouf, Beirut (Lebanon)

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will re-open its trial next week for a few days, with a new element: Hassan Habib Merhi. He is the fifth in absentia suspect in one of the most dramatic political assassinations to take place in the region, which killed 22 people including Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rafik Hariri . But to those in Lebanon who have been eyeing with growing wariness the long-awaited start of the trials, this late indictment has been received with some frustration.

25 June 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The prosecution presented last week their case against a fifth in absentia accused, Hassan Merhi [IJT-161], who has been joined to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) trial for the bomb attack that killed prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. But despite copious evidence from the examination of a variety of mobile phones, the prosecution has still presented no clear motive behind the attack.

25 June 2014 by Lynn Maalouf, Beirut (Lebanon)

As the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) trial proceedings inched forward last week on the Rafiq Hariri case, an overarching question remains as to the judicial impact of the hybrid court. Amidst a strong local perception that the STL is doing too little too late, and a context marred by continuing political violence including car bombs, victims of the other attacks are left in the dark.

STL Courtroom in The Hague. Copyright STL-TSL/Flickr
08 October 2014 by Karina Hof, The Hague (The Netherlands)

While prosecution witnesses continue to give technical forensic testimonies in the trial against five men suspected of orchestrating the 2005 explosion that killed Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, two contempt cases at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) vie for the spotlight.

STL Courtroom in The Hague
03 December 2014 by Karina Hof, Leidschendam (The Netherlands)

“A sea change” was the phrase repeated by defence teams at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) to decry what they saw as a radical, unexpected departure from the prosecution’s case against five Hezbollah members accused of operating the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005.

11 June 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 161.