The International Tribunal for ex-Prime Minister Hariri

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21 November 2006 – The Security Council today gave its support to the establishment of a special tribunal to try those alleged responsible for last year’s assassination of then Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others in a massive car bombing in Beirut.

In a letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan from Council President Jorge Voto-Bernales of Peru, which holds the rotating presidency for this month, the 15-member body said it was satisfied with the agreement reached by the UN with the Lebanese Government on the tribunal’s form and structure.

The letter follows a report by Mr. Annan on the tribunal and a presentation to Council members yesterday by Under-Secretary-General Nicholas Michel.

Mr. Annan’s report includes the statute needed to set up the “tribunal of an international character” to deal with the Hariri assassination, as well as any other attacks since October 2004 which are “connected in accordance with the principles of criminal justice and are of a nature and gravity similar to the attack of 14 February 2005.”

According to the statute, the tribunal will have concurrent jurisdiction with Lebanon’s national courts, but primacy over those courts within its jurisdiction.

Its chambers will consist of one international pre-trial judge; three judges to serve in the trial chamber (one Lebanese and two international); five judges to serve in the appeals chamber (two Lebanese and three international); and two alternate judges (one Lebanese and one international).

The judges of the trial chamber and those of the appeals chamber will then each elect a presiding judge to conduct the proceedings in their chamber, with the presiding judge of the appeals chamber serving as president of the tribunal.

The prosecutor will be independent of the Lebanese Government and will be appointed by the UN Secretary-General for a three-year term that can be renewed as the Secretary-General decides in consultation with the Government. He or she will have the power to question suspects, victims and witnesses, collect evidence and conduct on-site investigations, and should be assisted by Lebanese authorities where necessary.

The tribunal has the power to impose penalties leading up to and including life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of crimes committed.

In April last year the Council set up the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the Hariri assassination was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. Its mandate runs out next June.

Serge Brammertz, the head of the IIIC, told the Council in September that evidence obtained so far suggests that a young, male suicide bomber, probably non-Lebanese, detonated up to 1,800 kilograms of explosives inside a van to assassinate Mr. Hariri.

The IIIC has also been tasked with probing 14 other bombings that have occurred in Lebanon since October 2004, and Mr. Brammertz said evidence points towards his conclusion that many of them were connected.

In their letter today, Council members said they backed the financing option that would mean Lebanon pays for 49 per cent of the tribunal’s expenses and the remainder is borne by voluntary contributions from other States.

They add that they expect the Secretary-General to begin establishing the tribunal when he has sufficient contributions to finance its formation and 12 months of operations, as well as pledges equivalent to another two years of operations. Should voluntary contributions be insufficient, the Council said it would explore alternate means of financing with the Secretary-General.

R.I.P Pierre....
 
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  • arzleb

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    Mabrouk Lebanon the truth shall prevail and the syrian regime with its puppets in Lebanon will be convicted for the crimes they made.
     
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    we want the TRUTH ..the REAL one .. not the US backed one.. la anno we all know addeh el US ktiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir bi hemmon the real story behind hariri's murder ;) and ma bi hemmon israel and their own masla7a no matter what the truth is.
     

    TTT1

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    Mabrouk Lebanon the truth shall prevail and the syrian regime with its puppets in Lebanon will be convicted for the crimes they made.
    I am glad the tribunal is out. I am getting sick of all the over usage of this tribunal. We all want the TRUTH. So whichever real truth comes from the objective work of Brammetz we will incline our heads. Until then, I believe you have to stop accusing Syrians and "puppets" . By the way, one of the big mistakes is to believe that HA are Syrian puppets and that 30% of the population are all syiran puppers.
     

    Aoun4lebanon

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    I am glad the tribunal is out. I am getting sick of all the over usage of this tribunal. We all want the TRUTH. So whichever real truth comes from the objective work of Brammetz we will incline our heads. Until then, I believe you have to stop accusing Syrians and "puppets" . By the way, one of the big mistakes is to believe that HA are Syrian puppets and that 30% of the population are all syiran puppers.
    TTT1 going through with the Tribunal means the continuation with Filtmans government.
     

    vegojimbo

    Legendary Member
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    TTT1 going through with the Tribunal means the continuation with Filtmans government.
    so aoun4lebanon, what do u suggest? we oppose the INT Court? this is exactly what feb 14 wants.

    i say let's all approve of the court whatever the content is , meaning that even HA's MPs and FPMs' should vote with the court.

    bc today, we can't oppose it after the PG assassination. if we do, we will be pointed out as murderers.
    and approving the court will take some of the street rage off and will give a positive image to the lebanese ppl and especially FPM supporters.
     
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    The Lebanese parliament must unanimously vote on it regardless of whether the last government meeting was legal or not.
    Why vote it? Every politician already said theu support the international tribunal. Asking for another vote will only bring problems.

    orangemekanik said:
    we want the TRUTH ..the REAL one .. not the US backed one.. la anno we all know addeh el US ktiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir bi hemmon the real story behind hariri's murder ;) and ma bi hemmon israel and their own masla7a no matter what the truth is.
    The UN will bring whatever the investigation found. I doubt that the US can modify the results as they please without us knowing. The UN does not belong to anyone.
     
    #12
    The UN will bring whatever the investigation found. I doubt that the US can modify the results as they please without us knowing. The UN does not belong to anyone.
    Yes, that's why the UN has enforced all its resolutions against Israel. That's why the UN has been able to pass all proposed resolutions condemning its attacks against Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. That's why the UN took action to stop the killing of 2 million Iraqi civilians through US-sponsored sanctions. That's why Israeli leaders will be tried for their numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity. And that's why Bush will be tried for causing the unnecessary death of 650,000 Iraqi civilians. The UN is truly an independent institution capable of bringing justice to the world.
     
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    وزير الخارجية السوري : سوريا أبلغت الأمم المتحدة بأنها لا ترغب في أن تكون لها صلة بالمحكمة الدولية في قضية الحريري
     

    El

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    now the international tribune is set, what does it need more to be effective? I mean what's the procedure so the tribune starts? Who's needed to sign ?
    Another question, what's the official point of view of the FPM about the tribune?
     
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    Syria has sent an official letter to the UN stating it wants nothing to do with the international court. In other words, they will not cooperate with the international judges, will not grant access to info, interviews, etc....

    Anyone out there still want to explore more conspiracy theories, cover for Syria's crimes, etc...isn't time for the Lebanese to unite and protect our country??
    Elie
     

    Learned

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    Anyone out there still want to explore more conspiracy theories, cover for Syria's crimes, etc...isn't time for the Lebanese to unite and protect our country??
    Yes, it is time to unite, but not under the banners of unfounded and unproven accusations against anyone. We need hard evidence and facts, that result from real investigations to find out who the criminals are.

    Accusations have been flying around in Lebanon for the last two years, and they have brought nothing but hardship with them. Why is it that after numerous attempted assassinations under the mandate of the current ruling party, nothing has come from their "investigations"? We all know that if the ruling party had hard evidence inplicating Syria, they would be touting it for all to see. Our intelligence and security forces are not a bunch of incompetent fools. They are laking the political decision nessesary to seek the truth.

    Unite under the banner of seeking the truth. The Lebanese people deserve no less.
     
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    Yes, that's why the UN has enforced all its resolutions against Israel. That's why the UN has been able to pass all proposed resolutions condemning its attacks against Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. That's why the UN took action to stop the killing of 2 million Iraqi civilians through US-sponsored sanctions. That's why Israeli leaders will be tried for their numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity. And that's why Bush will be tried for causing the unnecessary death of 650,000 Iraqi civilians. The UN is truly an independent institution capable of bringing justice to the world.

    These things take time and a lot of time! Saddam Hussein is being trialed for things his committed in 1982. The general Romeo Dallaire will testify with the lawsuit for the genocide of the Tutsi people against two generals of the Rwandan army. This genocide goes back to the year 1994. Anyways for the Israeli case, there are big nations supporting Israel, not only the US but also England and Canada (especially with Harper in power).
     

    lebanese1

    Legendary Member
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    ogeorge said:
    now the international tribune is set, what does it need more to be effective? I mean what's the procedure so the tribune starts? Who's needed to sign ?
    Now the official and final draft will be sent to the government to approve it. Once it is approved it will be sent to Lahoud who has 15 days to sign it or return it to the government for further studies. However if the government approves it for the 2nd time, Lahoud can't do anything about it. The draft is sent to the parliament to approve it. Once this is done, we can say tht the tribunal is officially born.

    So the sole obstacle now is that Berri should call up the parliament to vote on the draft.
     
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    Saad said that the tribunal will include Pierre; I hope this tribunal will become retrospective....
    Such investigation must include all the highjackings and bombings that happened in Lebanon going back to the 1983 Marines barracks and bring the culprits to justice, it is time to investigate all the terrorist activities that led to the current lawlessness that we are all witnessing. it all has roots dating back the 80's.
     

    humble

    Active Member
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    Syria has sent an official letter to the UN stating it wants nothing to do with the international court. In other words, they will not cooperate with the international judges, will not grant access to info, interviews, etc....

    Anyone out there still want to explore more conspiracy theories, cover for Syria's crimes, etc...isn't time for the Lebanese to unite and protect our country??
    Elie
    And you know what that means!! Syria sold Lahoud and HA for a chance to talk to the USA.
     

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