Tribunal judges clarify legal ground rules, define terrorism


The president of the U.N.-backed court prosecuting the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has laid down key legal ground rules for future trials, including a definition of terrorism.

Italian Judge Antonio Cassese says the court should use a “more extensive” definition of terrorism than the one found in Lebanese law that the tribunal is mandated to apply.

The 152-page decision issued Wednesday is intended to clarify laws the court will apply when trying those allegedly responsible for the truck bomb that killed Hariri and 22 others in Beirut on Feb. 14, 2005.

Cassese says the decision should “help the tribunal take a firm, steady and rapid course in its pursuit of justice.”

Click here to read Cassese’s speech