Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse, lead counsel for Hassan Oneissi, left, delivered a fiery stream of closing arguments at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Thursday, June 7, 2018. (The Daily Star/STL, HO)
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Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse, lead counsel for Hassan Oneissi, delivered a fiery stream of closing arguments Wednesday at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, denouncing the prosecution's case. Courcelle-Labrousse has maintained a reputation in the trial chamber throughout the years for his notable courtroom absences and his brash behavior, which have garnered criticism from head Judge David Re. His concluding remarks Wednesday were certainly not an exception to the rule as he repeatedly interrupted the judges, speaking over them while translators and transcribers of the courtroom struggled to keep up.Abu Adass was not again seen in person after Jan. 15 and his body was never found.In order to invalidate the prosecution's case, Courcelle-Labrousse sought to dismantle its evidence and witnesses, calling its work unreliable.As the suspects are undergoing a trial in absentia, the prosecution has relied on circumstantial evidence – in this particular case, data trails left by cellular records.
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