Protesters attend a sit-in in support of Amin and Khayyat in Beirut, Friday, April 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Tribunal President David Baragwanath issued summons for Amin and Khayyat, who work for Al-Akhbar and Al-Jadeed respectively, along with representatives from the companies that own the media outlets, to appear before the court at a hearing on May 13 related to charges of obstructing justice.While refusing to speculate over whether the journalists would cooperate with the tribunal, Youssef said that if they failed to appear at the hearing, the STL judge could issue arrest warrants which, per Resolution 1757, the Lebanese authorities would be obliged to execute.Amin told Al-Manar Friday that he would decide over the next week whether to cooperate with the summons.In the summons published Thursday, Judge David Baragwanath said cursory evidence suggested the journalists had committed "willful interference with the Tribunal's administration of justice" by publishing the witness information.Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said the summons constituted a violation of press freedom, while Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah said the court was overstepping its bounds and repressing freedoms. Many Lebanese, he added, consider the Tribunal illegal and unconstitutional.
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