Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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The office of the Prosecutor is headed by the main prosecutor for the Tribunal, Normal Farrell, originally of Canada. This office has many responsibilities including the continued investigation of the crimes in question and the prosecution of all those indicted. The office must investigate the events leading up to, occurring and following February 14, 2005 that are or may be associated with the plot to assassinated Rafiq Hariri and all those crimes that the Security Council says falls within the purview of the Tribunal. The investigation division is comprised of international experts that have experience in investigation of terrorist attacks and those that are most familiar with the fragile structure of the Lebanese state of affairs. The prosecutor is responsible to the public and as such, the investigations and work are done at the highest international standards so that they cannot be called into question. The existence of a defense office is highly irregular in an international criminal tribunal but has been created in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to ensure that the accused are represented and given a fair trial. The office does not represent the accused but maintains a list of lawyers that are qualified to do so and is allowed to appoint one of these lawyers for the accused if they do not appear for trial, cannot afford counsel or are being tried in absentia. They are allowed to provide research to the defense and advice to counsel as the trials at the Special Tribunal are commencing in a manner that few lawyers have experience with. Defense counsel is completely independent of the Tribunal as it was would be a conflict of interest to have a department directly representing the accused housed within the body that is... ... middle of paper ... ...Who killed lebanon's rafik hariri?. CBCNews. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cbc-investigation-who-killed-lebanon-s-rafik-hariri-1.874820 Cowell, A. (2014, January 16). Trial opens into killing of lebanese premier, absent the accused. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/world/middleeast/trial-opens-into-killing-of-lebanese-prime-minister.html?_r=0 Gardner, M. (2011). Reconsidering trials in absentia at the special tribunal for lebanon: An application of the tribunal's early jurispendence. George Washington International Law Review, 43, 91-136. Retrieved from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1904840 Nader, S. (2014, January 22). Special tribunal offers hope for justice in lebanon. Al Monitor. Retrieved from http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/01/lebanon-special-tribunal-justice.html
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