Karma Khayat, vice president of Al-Jadeed television sits during an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alia Haju
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The appeals panel at the Special Tribunal For Lebanon Tuesday acquitted Al-Jadeed news director Karma Khayat over a contempt conviction issued last year.In its initial verdict last September, the STL found Al-Jadeed not guilty of the two charges brought against it, and ruled that Khayat was only guilty of contempt for not removing the the videos in a timely manner, but not guilty of the more serious charge of undermining public confidence in the court.Both Khayat and the prosecution appealed the ruling. The prosecution sought to have Khayat be found guilty of the second charge, to have Al-Jadeed be found guilty of both charges, and to ask for a more severe penalty for the journalist's contempt conviction.
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