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Judicial developments in the
Ayyash et al.
This case relates to the attack of 14February 2005 in Beirut.
Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen held ahearing on 10 April as part of his duties toprepare for trial. The parties discussed thedisclosure of evidence to the Defence, thelast phase of which is scheduled to becompleted in June with the disclosure of exculpatory material by the Prosecution.On 15 April, the Prosecutionfiled its final
amendment to the list of evidence it intendsto present in trial, including forensicsreports and telecommunications evidence.In addition, the Prosecutionfiled an
amended indictment to the Pre-Trial Judgeon 17 April, and asked him to update thearrest warrants for the four accused andtransmit them to the Lebanese authorities.The amendments are technical in natureand do not include new charges or accused.Defence lawyers for Mustafa Badreddine,one of the four accused, haveasked the
Trial Chamber to exclude any evidencerelated to the connected cases under the
STL’s jurisdiction from being used by the
Prosecution in trial. The Prosecution hadsaid in its Pre-Trial Brief, which laid out itscase theory, that it intends to presentevidence from the connected cases in thetrial for the 14 February 2005 attack. TheTrial Chamber has yet to rule on the issue.Defence counsel for Assad Sabra, one of thefour accused, have also asked Judge Fransento order the Lebanese authorities to providethem with information related toterroristgroups operating in Lebanon and additional
information on Mr. Sabra.
STL Condemns Attempts to Interfere withJudicial Process:
The STLcondemned on 11 April the latest
attempt to interfere with the properadministration of justice through thepublishing of a list of alleged witnesses thatpotentially endangered the lives of Lebanese citizens.
The list of persons that could be placed atrisk by this irresponsible website is not, infact, an accurate reflection of official court
records,” the STL said in a statement.
The STL said that those behind the websitewere in grave breach of journalistic ethics.The STL requested the assistance of Lebanese authorities and others in thismatter.On 15 April the Defence Officeasked the
Pre-Trial Judge to take measures that he
deems necessary with respect to the STL’s
STL Bulletin · April 2013