Karma Khayat, vice president of Al-Jadeed television talks during an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon. REUTERS/Alia Haju
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Karma Khayat, deputy head of news and political programs at Al-Jadeed TV, was found guilty of contempt of court for knowingly and willfully interfering with the administration of justice, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon ruled Friday.Khayat was acquitted on a more serious charge of undermining public confidence in the Tribunal's ability to protect the confidentiality of witnesses, one that had never before been brought in an international court. Both Khayat and Al-Jadeed had pleaded not guilty.Karim Khan QC, who defended Khayat and Al-Jadeed in the proceedings, said he was encouraged by the judge's findings.The second, lesser charge, of which Khayat was found guilty, concerned her failure to comply with a cease-and-desist order from the STL demanding the removal of the offending episodes from Al-Jadeed's website.But Lettieri stated that he believed that the order, purportedly sent by Anthony Lodge, head of registry and resident representative at the Tribunal's Beirut office, had been purposefully ignored, citing Khayat's correspondence with the court from the same email address just days earlier. Khayat deferred to her lawyers on the future of the case, but was defiant in defense of the reporting which precipitated it.
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