File - Journalist Karma Khayat speaks at the court in The Hague, Thursday, April 16, 2015. (The Daily Star/TV grab)
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In vehement closing arguments, the amicus prosecutor and the defense counsel representing Al-Jadeed TV and journalist Karma Khayat sparred at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Thursday as the first of two controversial contempt cases drew to a near close.The prosecutor asked for the TV station to be fined a maximum of 6 million euros and Khayat imprisoned for two years and fined 200,000 euros.Karim Khan, who is defending Khayat and Al-Jadeed against contempt and obstruction charges, insisted that the amicus prosecutor had failed to prove that his clients had intentionally set out to undermine the Tribunal when it aired and posted online a series called "Witnesses of the STL" in August 2012 . Khan responded that there was no evidence that any witnesses had been intimidated.But Scott suggested he did not need to prove witnesses were intimidated, or that the court was actually undermined.
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