Journalist Ibrahim al-Amine attends a ceremony in Beirut, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A U.N.-backed court set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri Friday convicted local daily Al-Akhbar and its editor-in-chief of contempt for publishing the names and photos of alleged secret witnesses in the case.Al-Akhbar, a pro-Hezbollah newspaper, has been consistent in its opposition to the tribunal.The court argues that Al-Akhbar's reports endanger the lives of the individuals, whether or not they were witnesses, and are intended to intimidate potential witnesses and undermine public confidence in the STL.The STL had appointed Antonios Abou Kasm as Amin's lawyer due to the defendant's refusal to cooperate with the court.
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