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July 14, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Sakr: STL works lawfully

Lebanon First bloc MP Okab Sakr said that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) works lawfully, Akhbar al-Yawm news agency reported on Wednesday.

This comes after the STL on Tuesday held a public hearing on former General Security head Brigadier General Jamil as-Sayyed’s request for files related to his detention in Lebanon from 2005 to 2009.

“Tuesday’s public hearing showed how the STL works,” Sakr said, adding that the tribunal does not hide anything.

He also said that Tuesday’s joint parliamentary commissions’ disagreement on the draft Lebanese-French security cooperation agreement is related to details and not content. The agreement addresses bilateral cooperation on all security levels, including fighting terrorism.

The issue of the draft security deal caused tension in the parliament on Tuesday when Hezbollah MPs walked out of the session and prevented a quorum.

“These details can be resolved by adhering to Interior Minister Ziad Baroud’s proposal to define terrorism based on the Arab Convention Against Terrorism,” the MP said.

According to the convention held at the Arab League General Secretariat’s headquarters in April 1998, all violent actions serving criminal ends can be labeled a terrorist activity.

Sakr commented on Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s upcoming Sunday visit to Syria, saying that Hariri’s main concern is to resolve all issues with Damascus.

The MP said that the visit serves Lebanon’s interests

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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