The Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (“STL”) Pre Trial Judge, Daniel Fransen, will hold a second Status Conference on 16 September 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 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.
The first status conference in the Ayyash case took place on 22 July 2020. 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. -- STL