STL Vows To Take Case To Trial


LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 11 (UPI) — One way or the other, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will end up with a trial in the slaying of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the tribunal judge said.

The tribunal announced in July that four alleged members of Hezbollah were wanted in connection with the 2005 assassination of Hariri. It recently made public the names of the suspects in an effort to facilitate their arrest.

Beirut this week told the tribunal it wasn’t able to catch the suspects. Tribunal Judge Antonio Cassese, in a statement, said he was confident Beirut would continue supporting the investigation and promised a trail for the accused.

“The march to justice is inexorable and one way or another we will end up with a trial,” he said.

He said the next step might include more public revelations regarding the indictment. He noted that under the rules of procedure, the accused could make arrangements to appear via video link or appoint legal counsel to address the court.

“Let me also remind all those allegedly involved in those terrorist crimes in Lebanon that nothing, I repeat, nothing will deflect or prevent the tribunal from fulfilling its mission,” Cassese warned.

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