The Special Tribunal for Lebanon
(STL) announced on Thursday that the verdict of the investigations of the late
Rafik Hariri’s assassination will be revealed in the middle of May 2020.
The judges of the STL’s Trial Chamber said that they would announce the specific date of the pronouncement of the Judgment “as soon as possible.” The final ruling will be disclosed in a public session 2 months from now.
قدّمت غرفة الدرجة الأولى في المحكمة الخاصة بلبنان إشعارًا بأنها ستصدر حكمها في قضية عياش وآخرين (STL-11-01) خلال جلسة علنية في منتصف شهر أيار 2020. وقد أفاد القضاة بأنهم سيحدّدون تاريخ النطق بالحكم علنًا في أقرب وقت ممكن. للمزيد من المعلومات: https://t.co/AvF9F27Jd5
While investigations of the former Prime Minister’s assassination commenced a few days after it took place on February 14th, 2005, the STL only began working on the case in January 2014.
Before the 2009-established STL took the lead in the investigation, it was the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission that was responsible for it.
Al-Akhbar has said that it’s unclear whether or not the verdict will be appealed, considering the 4 accused Hezbollah operatives (one of whom was assassinated in Syria in 2016) are being tried in absentia.
Similarly, the accused have been defended by lawyers without a legal agency, which has never happened in international courts before.
In February, Trial Chamber II of the tribunal issued a decision to proceed with trialing Salim Ayyash, who is accused in the 2004-2005 attacks against Marwan Hamade, Georges Hawi, and Elias El-Murr, in addition to Rafik Hariri.