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Despite the international consensus with regard to ISIS, there remains serious opposition to Assad.It has become clear that the STL's prosecution is now in possession of new evidence, but whether this evidence is strong enough to implicate Assad himself is entirely speculative.An indictment against Assad himself would require evidence such as phone intercepts, minutes of meetings, or other physical proof.Such countries would not easily hand over evidence to international courts, primarily due to the fact that this information and its source would have to be disclosed in court to judges and possibly defense counsel and referenced in decisions.Would accepting evidence from different countries make the STL politicized?The STL prosecution has in the past received evidence from Hezbollah.If the STL prosecution submits an indictment against Assad, the possibility that the Syrian president himself would stand before the STL trial chamber judges in Leidschendam would require the exertion of serious political power, which frankly, is not there at this time. Could Assad actually escape the arms of international justice?
Don’t blame the Special Tribunal for a lack of accountability
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