Rafik Hariri

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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.

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11 May 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

In the coming months, the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) expects to begin arresting and putting on trial those responsible for the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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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.

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09 October 2006 by Jerome Mayer-Cantu

On September 25, the United Nations commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri published a new provisional report. However, since the 34-day war between Israel and the Hezbollah in July-August, the commission has come under greater pressure. Syria, which is a target of the international investigation, is trying to thwart the commission's efforts, while its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, is weakening the central government.

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24 July 2006 by Jerome Mayer-Cantu

At a time when Lebanon is being plunged into crisis, the UN International Independent Investigation Commission which is laying the groundwork for a new hybrid tribunal to try the perpetrators of the bombing attack that killed Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on February 14, 2005, has made decisive progress. The statute of the court, its legal system, location and other logistical questions have nearly been finalized, according to Lebanese legal sources.

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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.

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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.