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Ibrahim al-Amin, editor-in-chief of the pro-Hezbollah newspaper Al-Akhbar, was fined 20,000 euros by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Monday for knowingly and willfully interfering with the administration of justice.After deliberating for roughly two hours, Contempt Judge Nicola Lettieri announced the sentence and ordered that the fines be paid by Sept. 30 .The sentence means Lebanese authorities are unlikely to be called upon to arrest Amin, a situation which could have proved embarrassing for the tribunal.Lettieri repeatedly declined to issue an arrest warrant during the proceedings, despite requests from prosecutors.Scott contended Amin's actions constituted a premeditated campaign of witness intimidation.Scott requested that Amin receive a 75,000 euro fine and a prison sentence of two years.Abou Kasm, in turn, suggested the conviction itself was enough punishment, and that Amin's intent had been to expose leaks within the court rather than to intimidate witnesses.
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