File - A view of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon building in The Hague. (The Daily Star)
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A judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will decide Thursday whether to proceed with the trial of Al-Jadeed TV and its top editor, amid mounting opposition by Lebanese civil society.Lettieri will decide whether the STL has jurisdiction, or authority, to proceed with the case against Al-Jadeed TV, after the channel's defense lawyers lodged a formal protest arguing that the tribunal cannot prosecute corporate entities.Opposition has grown among Lebanese civil society in the weeks following the formal charging of Khayyat in May, including from prominent figures that have long supported the work of the court.Individuals and organizations in Lebanon submitted 18 "amicus" briefs to the court – legal and political opinions that warn the tribunal of the chilling effect the prosecution could have on freedom of the press in Lebanon and urging it to refocus on its core mandate.Baroud urged the court to refer the case to the Lebanese judiciary since the STL, he said, does not have the authority to prosecute it.
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