STL President Ivana Hrdli?kov? speaks during a press briefing at Beirut’s Metropolitan Hilton Hotel Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The president of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Ivana Hrdlickov?, capped off her second official visit to the country with a press briefing Wednesday, where she defended the court's impartiality and touted its educational work.The tribunal is tasked with prosecuting those responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed along with 21 others when a massive bomb was detonated alongside his motorcade on Valentine's Day 2005 .The tribunal remains politically controversial in Lebanon. Hrdlickov? also spoke about the importance of the tribunal's educational investment in Lebanon.The course, consisting of some forty lectures, is free to students, and its budget is discrete from the court's, which is 49 percent funded by the Lebanese government.said the establishment of the tribunal represented an opportunity for Lebanon to promote the separation of judicial and political work, and contribute to the future of international justice.
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