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Sleiman seeks STL 'conformity' with Lebanese laws

President Michel Sleiman, right, speaks with Minister Michel Pharaon, as they arrive to attend a Cabinet session at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Friday, May 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman Saturday asked the state prosecutor to discuss with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon the possibility of "conforming" with Lebanese laws governing freedom of press, says after the STL issued summons for two of the country’s top editors.

“Sleiman asked Judge [Samir] Hammoud to contact the court and explain [to officials there] the extent to which Lebanon is committed to the freedom of press in a responsible manner within the framework of the law ... and to deliberate whether the court can conform to Lebanese laws with regards to such a matter, maintaining the proper functioning of the STL with our full support,” a statement by the president’s office said.

Earlier this week, the U.N.-backed court summoned two of the country’s top editors and accused them along with their media outlets of contempt and obstruction of justice after they published a list of names of alleged witnesses.

Al-Akhbar newspaper Editor Ibrahim Amin and Al-Jadeed television editor Karma Khayyat denied the allegations, saying the media had the freedom to uncover facts.

 

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