File - A pre-trial conference for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Defense counselors repeatedly challenged the provenance of call data records, which Mkrtchyan had spent years compiling into a searchable database for the Office of the Prosecutor.As defense counselors emphasized, and Mkrtchyan readily conceded, he had not received call data records directly from the telecommunications networks.Questioning the integrity of this chain of custody, the defense sought to cast the data as potentially having been compromised before Mkrtchyan even received it, circumventing testimony on the accuracy and security of his database.The defense cast similar aspersions on the value of testimony provided by the next witness, Prof. Peter Sommers, an expert in digital evidence and the storage of communications data hired by the OTP to audit Mkrtchyan's work.
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