NNA - In a press release by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), it said: "The Trial Chamber ordered the Prosecutor, Defence counsel for the four Accused as well as the Legal Representatives of Victims in the Ayyash et al. case to file their final trial briefs by Monday 4 June 2018 . Any responses from the parties and participating victims should be filed by Monday 18 June 2018.
In a scheduling order issued yesterday, the Trial Chamber also stated that it will hear oral closing arguments between Monday 25 June and Friday 6 July 2018.
Under Rule 147 of the STL Rules of Procedure and Evidence, following the presentation of all the evidence, the Prosecutor, the participating victims and the Defence may file final trial briefs and present closing arguments.
The Trial Chamber considers that the simultaneous filing of final trial briefs would expedite the proceedings, but without prejudicing any Party or the participating victims, as each may respond to the other’s submissions before oral closing arguments are heard." --STL