STL names five trial judges


The court set up to try former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri’s killers named the five judges Thursday who will make up its trial chamber with effect from September 20.

They are presiding Swiss judge Robert Roth, Lebanon’s Micheline Braidi, David Re of Australia and alternate judges Janet Nosworthy of Jamaica and Walid Akoum of Lebanon, said an order by Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) president Antonio Cassese.

The chamber “may meet before the trial starts to engage in various matters, such as holding an initial appearance with the accused … (or) deciding whether a trial in absentia (in the absence of the accused) is appropriate,” the court added in a statement.

The tribunal was created by a 2007 UN Security Council resolution, at Lebanon’s request, to try those responsible for Hariri’s assassination in a suicide car bombing on February 14, 2005.

Twenty-two other people also died.

Last month, the court published a full indictment and said it had enough evidence to put four members of Lebanon’s influential Hezbollah on trial.

Court Registrar Herman von Hebel said in August that a trial could start at around mid-2012.

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