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July 14, 2010 - Naharnet - STL Postpones to September Decision on Sayyed's Request for Access to 'False Witnesses' Records

Daniel Fransen, Pre-Trial Judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, on Tuesday announced the postponement to September of a decision on the request of former General Security chief Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed for access to certain investigation documents, especially records related to the so-called "false witnesses" issue.
The judge asked Sayyed to re-file his request in written format.

Sayyed stressed Tuesday that the existence of "tens of false witnesses in late premier Rafik Hariri's assassination demonstrates that a conspiracy surrounds the tribunal."

He made his statements during a public hearing at the tribunal's headquarters in The Hague on his request for access to certain documents connected to the investigation.

He thanked in his opening statement STL's judge for granting him the hearing, adding: "The Lebanese courts' relinquishment of its responsibilities of trying false witnesses allowed us to approach your court to acquire justice and evidence."

Sayyed stressed: "This hearing is not aimed at examining my wrongful imprisonment, but I would like to remind everyone of your decision to release us from jail on April 29, 2009, which led to this moment."

"Your decision is the first public admission of the existence of false witnesses" he continued.

The former security chief asked: "Why should false witnesses be overlooked in an investigation that has focused on them? They managed to deceive the court and there is no place to try them."

Sayyed revealed that he had been approached to be a false witness, but he refused, saying that he had been told "either you hand over a victim or you be the victim."

Meanwhile, his lawyer, Akram Azouri said that his client was not requesting a judgment against an individual, but he is asking to have access to certain information.

He stated that no investigations are carried out in Lebanon over false testimonies and all that Sayyed had presented before Lebanese courts were rejected, and that they were then referred to The Hague where the court announced it would not consider them either.

He continued: "Syria, like the rest of the world, did not sign any cooperation agreement with the court, so how can we come up with a witness from it?"

"It is necessary to remind everyone that the General was imprisoned and released without knowing the reasons for his detention and without being able to study his investigation file," Azouri.

He concluded: "No general prosecutor can withhold files related to evidence and his only choice is to hand over the files to the plaintiff who will assume his responsibilities and prosecute whoever he believes is involved."

"I'm a plaintiff in The Hague (court) and not a defendant," Sayyed told the daily As-Safir in remarks published Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, Sayyed rehearsed the public hearing with his lawyer for more than three hours at the STL building on Dokter Van der Stamstraat 1 in Leidschendam.

"We are not after suspense," Sayyed said in a separate interview with Al-Akhbar newspaper. "But the whole issue may contain surprises."

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Background - خلفية

On 13 December 2005 the Government of the Lebanese Republic requested the UN to establish a tribunal of an international character to try all those who are alleged responsible for the attack of 14 february 2005 that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. The United Nations and the Lebanese Republic consequently negotiated an agreement on the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Liens - Links - مواقع ذات صلة

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David Schenker , March 30, 2010 . Beirut Spring: The Hariri Tribunal Goes Hunting for Hizballah

Frederic Megret, McGill University, 2008. A special tribunal for Lebanon: the UN Security Council and the emancipation of International Criminal Justice

International Center for Transitional Justice Handbook on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, April 10, 2008

United Nations
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 19 Sept 2007
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 27 Mars 2008

Département d'Etat américain
* 2009 Human Rights report
* 2008 Human Rights report
* 2007 Human Rights report
* 2006 Human Rights report
* 2005 Human Rights report

ICG - International Crisis Group
The Hariri Tribunal: Separate the Political and the Judicial, 19 July, 2007. [Fr]

HCSS - Hague Centre for strategic studies
Hariri, Homicide and the Hague

Human Rights Watch
* Hariri Tribunal can restore faith in law, 11 may 2006
* Letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, april 27, 2006

Amnesty International
* STL insufficient without wider action to combat impunity
* Liban : le Tribunal de tous les dangers, mai 2007
* Jeu de mecano

Courrier de l'ACAT - Wadih Al Asmar
Le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban : entre espoir et inquiétude

Georges Corm
La justice penale internationale pour le Liban : bienfait ou malediction?

Nadim Shedadi and Elizabeth Wilmshurt, Chatham House
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon : the UN on Trial?, July 2007

Issam Michael Saliba, Law Library of Congress
International Tribunals, National Crimes and the Hariri Assassination : a novel development in International Criminal Law, June 2007

Mona Yacoubian, Council on Foreign Relations
Linkages between Special UN Tribunal, Lebanon, and Syria, June 1, 2007