Farrell Says STL Trying Individuals Not Parties, Offers Help in Tueni, Gemayel Cases

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The Prosecutor of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Norman Farrell, pointed out Wednesday that the tribunal is not trying political parties, organizations or states but rather individuals.

Speaking during an STL-organized meeting with journalists in The Hague, Farrell noted that the court does not have jurisdiction, so far, to look into the assassinations of MP Gebran Tueni, industry minister Pierre Gemayel and other figures who were murdered after Hariri's assassination. He, however, added that the STL can establish jurisdiction over the cases should it discover links to Hariri's case.

The Prosecutor also announced that the court is willing to help Lebanese authorities in the investigations.

As for the new indictment that he filed with the Pre-Trial Judge in July 2017, Farrell told journalists that he cannot unveil its content before its confirmation by the judge.

Noting that he is convinced of the evidence he cited in his case, the Prosecutor revealed that he has managed to verify the involvement of three phone lines in activities linked to monitoring Hariri's movement prior to the bomb attack.

Farrell also noted that Hizbullah's declaration that its former military commander Mustafa Badreddine had been killed in combat in Syria verifies that he had a strong military experience, which would strengthen the Prosecution's argument rather than weaken it.

The STL had on February 7 announced that the Prosecutor had completed the presentation of evidence, marking the conclusion of the prosecution case.

Since the start of the Prosecution case, the Prosecution has presented evidence from over 260 individual witnesses and about 2,470 exhibits in documentary form, the STL said.

“On 20 and 21 February, the Trial Chamber will hear the Rule 167 submissions of the Defense, any response from the Prosecution and any reply from the Defense. A judgment of acquittal or a decision dismissing the application will be delivered in court as soon as practicable thereafter,” the court added.

The Ayyash et al. case relates to the February 14, 2005 attack which killed 22 individuals, including former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and injured 226 others.

The Accused Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hassan Habib Merhi, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra remain at large. The proceedings against them are being held in absentia. On July 11, 2016, the Appeals Chamber ordered the termination of the proceedings against slain Hizbullah commander Mustafa Badreddine.

The trial is making it possible for the Lebanese people to see evidence being presented and challenged, as well as witnesses testifying and being cross-examined in public.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has dismissed the court as a U.S.-Israeli scheme and vowed that the accused will never be found.

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Comments 9
Thumb s.o.s 3 months

"The Prosecutor also announced that the court is willing to help Lebanese authorities in the investigations."

It's like offering assistance for Putin to identify the killers of Ana Politkovskaya... yes, part of our government, parliament are behind the multiple assassinations and terrorism. The so called authorities are guilty as charged.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 3 months

Farrell Says STL Trying Individuals Not Parties

What a farce! So why is the International community seeking to punish or bring to justice Al Baghdadi for the actions of his ISIS members?

Thumb whyaskwhy 3 months

Kizballah will that the accused Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hassan Habib Merhi, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra were all killed in an Israeli raid while they sold girl scout cookies for the poor. Not sure what this is going to do on the long run, pretty much all nations in the west know who did it and Kizb will keep claiming it was the yids so nothing will result of this.

Thumb liberty 3 months

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Thumb blablablablabla 3 months

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Oh I know, you are the most worthless and idiot person on this forum and anywhere else

Thumb s.o.s 3 months

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why don't you go play on your nintendo switch and let the grown ups do what they do for the rest of the day.

Thumb blablablablabla 3 months

because someone must watch 1 month olds kids like you before they are ignifugation a new civil war

Thumb whyaskwhy 3 months

There is not such word as Ignifugation in the English language, maybe its a word you picked up in hooked on French phonics for kids? Some peoples children should never be left alone.....

Thumb blablablablabla 3 months

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