This TV grab shows Journalist Ibrahim al-Amin speaking during contempt hearing, Thursday 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/TV grab)
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Ibrahim al-Amin, editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar, walked out of a contempt hearing at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon after accusing the court of "oppression" Thursday.Amin also said the tribunal was created in contravention of Lebanese political norms.Judge Lettieri then interrupted Amin, saying that he had chosen to appear with his own free will and that no arrest warrant had been issued against the editor, in response to the editor's statement that he was almost forced to attend the hearing.Earlier in the hearing, Amin, wearing headphones and speaking to Judge Lettieri, said he was appearing without a defense lawyer.The journalist is charged with contempt and obstruction of justice over news reports that included the names of alleged court witnesses. Judge Lettieri read out the charges directed against Amin, but said the accusations were not motivated by the newspaper's criticism of the tribunal.The court argues that it must act to protect witnesses.
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