STL: US licences Jones to represent Badreddine

The United States authorities issued yesterday the licence required for John Jones to continue to represent Mustafa Badreddine, one of the accused in the Ayyash et al proceedings. The US Treasury Department had imposed sanctions against Badreddine last week. The defence counsel for Badreddine had requested clarification from the Tribunal’s President on whether Jones, a […]

Syrian security arrests tens in Rustom Ghazaleh’s village

Al Arabiya reported that Syrian security forces loyal to president Bashar al Assad arrested tens in Rustom Ghazaleh’s village. This report comes after Syrian National Council member Ahmad Ramadan told MTV on Monday: ” Rustom Ghazaleh tried to contact the opposition about two months ago with aim of defecting

Mikati wired Lebanon share of STL funding

Lebanese PM Najib Mikati announced that Lebanon’s share of STL funding for 2011 and 2012 was wired this Wednesday morning . The funding was reportedly arranged again as last December. Last year Mikati asked Central Bank governor Riad Salameh to open an account for the High Commission for Relief and have the funds transferred through […]

STL president suspends Hariri assassination trial, refuses to indict Hezbollah

A judge at the U.N.-backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has decided to suspend the proceedings and has refused to expand the indictment against four members of the Hezbollah Shiite militia charged in the truck bombing.

New Hariri indictment to be issued by UN court

A UN-backed court probing the assassination of Lebanon’s ex-premier Saad Hariri will issue a new indictment in the case by the end of this month, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Tuesday. “Daniel Bellemare, the chief prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, informed me on his recent visit to Beirut that he would […]

Lebanon PM transfers funds to STL

Najib Mikati, Lebanon’s prime minister, said he had transferred its share of funding to a UN-backed court probing the murder of ex-premier Rafik Hariri, an issue that threatened to spark the collapse of his government. He said the decision was in Lebanon’s interest and would protect the country from the upheavals shaking the region.

U.S. tells Lebanon: Fund tribunal or face ‘hash decisions’

US Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman said Friday that ‘harsh decisions’ will be made against Lebanon if it does not provide its share of funding for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) investigating the 2005 assassination of prime minister Rafik Hariri.