Monday, August 10, 2020
Special Tribunal for Lebanon -- Postponement of Verdict in HARIRI ASSASSINATION CASE to 18 August 2020
In February 2005, the then-former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafiq Hariri was assassinated in Beirut in a suicide truck bombing that also claimed the lives of 21 others and injured approximately 220 more.
For the past six-plus years, four alleged members of Hezbollah have been on trial in absentia before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon ("STL"), being prosecuted for their alleged roles in the 2005 bombing.
Originally scheduled for issuance in May 2020, the verdict was deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was to be handed down last Friday. But because of the devastation wreaked by the massive explosions at the Port of Beirut last Tuesday, the STL postponed issuance of its verdict until Tuesday, 18 August 2020.
The Special Tribunal, which sits in The Hague, was established in 2009 based on a U.N. Security Council resolution. The STL has been described as the world's "first tribunal of international character to prosecute terrorist crimes." The court has also faced criticism of its work and its cost.
Hat tip to Lisa Ridgway