Hariri tribunal charges Al-Akhbar chief with "obstruction of justice"

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Published Thursday, April 24, 2014

An international court set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minsiter Rafik Hariri has summoned Al-Akhbar's editor-in-chief and a journalist for Al-Jadeed Television over two counts of Obstruction of Justice, the body announced Thursday.

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said there are "sufficient grounds to proceed against" Ibrahim al-Amin of Al-Akhbar and Al-Jadeed's Karma al-Khayat "for the publication of names asserted to be those of alleged confidential witnesses in the Tribunal's proceedings," a statement said.

The charges against Amin relate to the decision of Al-Akhbar in January 2013 to publish the names of 32 witnesses belonging to the STL's prosecution.

The summon against Khayat, Deputy Head of News and Political Programs, involves material broadcast on Al-Jadeed in August 2012.

"There is prima facie evidence that the publication of information relating to the identity of alleged confidential witnesses entailed knowing and willful interference with the administration of justice" in breach of court rules, the statement, authored by contempt judge David Baragwanath, said.

The summons were issues on January 31, but only publicized Thursday.

The court set May 13, 2014 as the date for Amin and Khayat to appear before it, either in person of via video link.

(Al-Akhbar)

Comments

Those running this ridiculous travesty of a tribunal seem to be in urgent need of psychiatric help. Whether they regard themselves as gods or mere napoleons is unclear, but that they suffer from delusions of grandeur is beyond doubt.
It would be interesting to learn how much the principals in this farce charge for their services and who foots the bill.

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