File - A pre-trial conference for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon held a closed session Tuesday, its fifth consecutive day of confidential proceedings.When asked to identify other persons of interest, judges will sometimes request that witnesses write a name on a piece of paper rather than speak it aloud in court. It is not rare for the tribunal to move briefly into a closed session during testimony, and counselors will often request the sessions to pursue specific lines of questioning. The court has a self-imposed responsibility to conduct its proceedings transparently, and has at times made public the contents of closed sessions upon further review.The tribunal has charged Al-Akhbar Editor-in-Chief Ibrahim al-Amin and his paper with contempt of court and obstruction of justice for publishing the identities of confidential witnesses in January 2013 .
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