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4th Annual Report

4th Annual Report

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Dear Prime Minister Mikati, Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, By Article 10(2) of the Statute of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon it is my responsibility and privilege to submit to you this Fourth Annual Report detailing
the past year’s developments and our current activities
. The report covers the period from 1 March 2012 to 28 February 2013. Subparts A, B, C and D of Part II of the report were prepared by the Chambers, the Registrar, the Prosecutor and the Head of Defence Office respectively. Previous annual r
eports have variously described the Tribunal’s structure and distinctive features, recounted
the steps
leading up to the filing of the Tribunal’s fir
st indictment and canvassed events following the
confirmation. This Fourth Annual Report expands upon the many activities of
the Tribunal’s four
organs during the lead-up to trial in its first case,
Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al 
. It includes decisions of the Trial Chamber and the Appeals Chamber affirming the legality of the Tribunal, and the confirmation by the Appeals Chamber of the first decision of an international criminal tribunal since Nuremberg ordering a trial
in absentia
. The disclosure of evidentiary material to Defence counsel is an essential aspect of ensuring the integrity of proceedings and a fair trial. The massive task of evaluating and making disclosure of evidentiary material in this case, coupled with other factors, have made it necessary, in order to adhere to the principles of fairness, to adjourn the trial date. The Pre-Trial Judge has therefore postponed the tentative trial date set for 25 March 2013. Following consultations with the Prosecution, Defence and Legal Representative of Victims on how long they estimate they need for preparation, the Pre-Trial Judge will set a new date for trial. The Prosecution has advised that it will be ready, and if so ordered by the Pre-Trial Judge, can commence later in 2013. In order to maintain momentum in judicial activities, the Pre-Trial Judge has already referred to the Trial Chamber issues which it will address and determine in advance of trial. We have also reviewed our systems, including our Rules of Procedure and Evidence. The careful preparations of the Prosecution, Defence counsel and Legal Representative of Victims, with the comprehensive support of the Registry, will enable the trial to proceed swiftly and efficiently. The Prosecutor is pursuing investigations as required in relation to trial preparations. By making our operations transparent and finding means to engage the people of Lebanon, we seek to assist them to restore in full the operation of the rule of law in Lebanon. So in addition to its commitment to trial preparedness, the Special Tribunal has undertaken outreach and public affairs initiatives. This report concludes with our plans for the year ahead. David Baragwanath President

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