Al-Akhbar editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin speaks during a meeting at the Press Federation in Beirut, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Al-Akhbar newspaper and its editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin were found guilty of contempt Friday at The Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. Amin and Al-Akhbar's parent company had been charged with contempt of court and obstruction of justice after the paper published controversial articles in January 2013 . Judge Lettieri invited Amin to appear at the sentencing hearing scheduled for Monday.Defense counselors had made the case in April of this year that witnesses experienced no significant repercussions as a result of Al-Akhbar revealing their connection the tribunal.In the judgment, Judge Lettieri noted that the first article, entitled "STL Leaks: The Prosecution's Surprise Witnesses," published on the Jan. 15, was met with consternation from politicians, journalists, security personnel, and witnesses alike who stressed the paper was breaking the law.
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