The Special Tribunal for Lebanon submitted its eleventh annual report to the United Nations Secretary-General and to the Government of Lebanon.

The annual report details the activities of the Tribunal from 1 March 2019 to 29 February 2020, its objectives for the coming year and highlights the achievements of the four organs: Chambers, Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), Defence Office and Registry.

Specifically, one key milestone was the confirmation of an indictment and commencement of the pre-trial phase in the Ayyash case (STL-18-10).

This marked the beginning of proceedings in relation to three other attacks within the Tribunal’s jurisdiction, perpetrated on 1 October 2004, 21 June 2005 and 12 July 2005, against Mr Marwan Hamade, Mr Georges Hawi and Mr Elias El-Murr, respectively.

The new case led to the creation of a second Trial Chamber dedicated to proceedings in this case, which determined that proceedings could be conducted in absentia.

In addition, the Tribunal is in the final stages of the preparation of the trial judgment in the Ayyash et al. case, which concerns the 14 February 2005 attack, to be followed by its public delivery.

On 5 March 2020, the Trial Chamber provided notice that it will deliver its judgment in public session in mid-May 2020 on a date to be specified as soon as possible.

The annual report is available on the tribunal’s website.

Source: National News Agency

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