Lebanon’s Justice Minister Calls for Speeding up STL Work to Avoid High Costs

Lebanon’s Justice Minister Calls for Speeding up STL Work to Avoid High Costs

Friday, 12 October, 2018 - 08:00
Minister of Justice in the caretaker government Salim Jreissati meets with President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Judge Ivana Hrdlickova (NNA)
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat
Minister of Justice in the caretaker government Salim Jreissati has called for speeding up the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to limit its high expenses.
 
During a meeting on Thursday, Jreissati discussed with STL President Judge Ivana Hrdlickova the course of the judicial stages of the tribunal.
 
The meeting was held in the presence of STL Deputy President Judge Ralph Riachi and a number of STL officials.
 
“In my capacity as Minister of Justice, I expressed in the name of the Lebanese government a concern that has two aspects: the first is revealing the truth in the case of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and his companions, which is STL’s main mission, while the second is the question of time, because in Lebanon time is costly,” Jreissati said, noting that the STL was the only court in the world that gets half of its funding from the concerned country.

“The international tribunal is the only court in the world that is financed by the concerned country on a half expenses basis,” he explained.

The minister noted in this regard that he agreed with the STL president to speed up verdicts in the preliminary phase, adding that discussions also touched on the appeals phase and the so-called linked cases.

“Time is the basis for the truth in accordance with the highest standards of international criminal justice, as stated in Resolution 1757, its annexes and the rules of procedure and evidence of the court. This time is also precious in terms of the high annual financial cost of this court. It was agreed to accelerate the issuance of verdicts in their preliminary stage,” he stated.

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