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STL to meet May 12 to set date to resume trial

Head of the Defense Office, Francois Roux, speaks before the Appeals Chamber in a public hearing in Leidschendam, near The Hague, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)

BEIRUT: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon said Tuesday it would hold a status conference next week to set the date for the resumption of the trial of the alleged killers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In a statement, the STL said the Trial Chamber’s meeting May 12 would cover several items, including the resumption of trial and the cooperation of Lebanon with the U.N.-backed court.

Five Hezbollah members are being tried in absentia in The Hague – the first time this has happened since the Nuremberg tribunal tried Nazi war criminals, and the first international trial for a crime of terrorism.

Almost nine years after Hariri’s assassination in Beirut, the trial of Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Assad Sabra, Hussein Oneissi and Hassan Merhi began in January after efforts to arrest them failed.

The STL said the status conference, which will begin at noon (Central European Time), will be public.

However, the Trial Chamber may decide to go into closed session during the course of the hearing if confidential matters need to be discussed, the STL added.

It said the hearing could be followed on the STL website with a 30-minute delay in Arabic, English and French.





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