The President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Ivana Hrdli?kov? speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Sin al-Fil, Thursday, April 14, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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defended the trial's slow pace of proceedings Thursday, arguing that the complex nature of the case and a commitment to fairness and transparency demanded it.The tribunal superseded the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission in March 2009, and the prosecution opened its case at The Hague in Jan 2014 .Hrdlickov?, elected as STL President in February 2015, said the chamber had received some 200 witnesses and issued approximately 900 decisions to date, and cited the complex nature of the evidence and the hybridized nature of the proceedings as hurdles to more rapid progress. Hrdlickov? sought to contextualize the pace of the trial in the evolving field of international criminal law, citing recent decisions by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is prosecuting crimes now more than 20 years old.Its slow pace is just one of the criticisms that have been leveled at the court.Hrdlickov? said retrial was a basic right of defendants at in absentia proceedings, in order to guarantee fairness and an "equality of arms" and noted that the STL, like other international criminal courts, lacks its own judicial police.
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