NNA - The Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) Pre Trial Judge, Daniel Fransen, will hold a Status Conference on 22 July 2020. The hearing aims at reviewing the status of the Ayyash case and ensuring the expeditious preparation for trial, through an exchange between the Prosecution, Defence and Legal Representatives of the Victims.
In a scheduling order issued today, the Pre-Trial Judge states that the hearing will begin at 10.00 AM (C.E.T.) The Status Conference will be public; however, the Judge might decide to go into closed session during the course of the hearing if confidential matters need to be discussed.
The Status Conference will take place in the STL courtroom, with the possibility for the participants who are unable or prefer not to be present, to participate via video-conference with prior authorization of the Pre-Trial Judge.
The hearing will be streamed on the STL website with a 30-minute delay in Arabic, English, and French.
In accordance with Rule 94 of the STL Rules of Procedures and Evidence, the Pre-Trial Judge shall convene a status conference within no more than eight weeks after the initial appearance of the Accused -or its equivalent in absentia proceedings. The Pre Trial Judge shall also convene status conferences within eight weeks from the previous one, during the pre-trial proceedings, and until the case is ready for trial.
However, in light of the exceptional situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Judge Fransen issued a number of orders suspending the judicial deadlines in the Ayyash case, until 30 June 2020.
Accreditation is required for members of the media who wish to cover the hearing. Please fill in the accreditation form here before 15 July 2020 at 17.30 PM (C.E.T.)
Due to the COVID-19 and in line with the national guidelines in the Netherlands, a limited number of members of the media will be allowed into public gallery and the STL’s media centre. Seats will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Members of the media who are unable to attend can follow the proceedings via the STL website streaming with a 30 minute delay. Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)