Lebanon News

STL to hold status conference on Merhi case

A poster of Hassan Habib Merhi released by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)

BEIRUT: The Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will hold a status conference next week to prepare for Hassan Merhi's case, the fifth suspect in the Hariri assassination, and discuss Lebanon’s cooperation with the court.

In a statement, the U.N.-backed court said the status conference will discuss preparations of counsel for Merhi before the resumption of the trial, which opened Jan. 16 in The Hague.

The public hearing scheduled for April 10 will also discuss Lebanon's cooperation with the tribunal and any other pending motions.

In February, the STL officially joined Merhi's case to that of the four other Hezbollah members accused of plotting and executing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The decision prompted the tribunal to adjourn until Merhi's defense team is brought up to speed.

While the four Hezbollah suspects initially implicated in the killing were indicted in 2011, Merhi’s indictment was only confirmed by a pretrial judge at the tribunal last July.





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