Ramadan speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Wajed Ramadan, spokesperson for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, reiterated the seriousness of the charge upheld against Al-Jadeed journalist Karma Khayat Wednesday, but said the press had an important role in the dissemination of information about the trial.Khayat, deputy head of news and political programs at Al-Jadeed TV, was found guilty last Friday of contempt of court for failing to remove episodes of "Witnesses of the Special Tribunal" from the network's website, a series found by the court to have disclosed information on the identities of secret witnesses. She contended that the court's decision to uphold the single count against her was an attempt to save face. Ramadan emphasized the tribunal's reliance on the press to make proceedings accessible and comprehensible to the very public the court is designed to serve.Ramadan said Lebanon was cooperating with the STL.The prosecution has presented 83 witnesses so far, and is expected to hear evidence from more than three hundred more before it concludes its case.
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